Our members

Eighteen members are appointed to Northumberland National Park Authority to serve for a fixed term of appointment (may be renewable) made up of:

Six appointed annually by Northumberland County Council following their Annual Meeting (usually May) and any local elections.

Six national members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment to represent local, regional or national interests for a four-year term (maximum of two terms).  Cllr Mark Mather and Cllr Cath Homer were appointed by the County Council in May 2021 replacing Cllr Anthony Murray and Cllr Glen Sanderson. Cllr Len Glen-Davison and Cllr Denis Mullan were confirmed by the Secretary of State on 21 July 2021 replacing Cllr Johnny Wilson and Cllr Chris France as Parish members.

Six parish members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment through a group selection process following parish council elections to represent the six parish groupings in the National Park. Three from the North of the Park (formerly the Alnwick and Berwick Districts) and three from the South of the Park (formerly Tynedale District).

Opportunities to apply to become a Secretary of State member are advertised on the Defra and Northumberland National Park websites when they arise.

At the Authority Annual Meeting on 21 July 2021 Ms Jean Davidson was re-elected Authority Chair and Cllr Joh Riddle re-elected as Authority Deputy Chair until the date of the 2022 Annual Meeting.

Committees and working groups

Find out about our member's appointments and the committees and working groups they sit on.

Ms Jean Davidson - Chairman

Chair of Northumberland National Park Authority – re-appointed 21 July 2021

Current appointment:  March 2018 – March 2022

  • Member of the Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel
  • Represents the Authority at UK National Parks Executive
  • National Parks England
  • Local Government Association

Cllr John Riddle - Deputy Chairman

Deputy Chair of Northumberland National Park Authority – re-appointed 21 July 2021

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees 21 July 2021

  • Development Management Committee
  • Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel

Cllr Alan Sharp

Appointed by Northumberland County Council.

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Finance and Audit Group
  • Authority Review Group
  • Development Management Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board

Cllr Eileen Cartie

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland Committee 21 July 2021

  • Standards & Appeals Committee

Cllr Sue Bolam

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee – Representing northern parish groupings

Current appointment:  May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021:

  • Development Management Committee (Deputy Chair)
  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Harden Quarry Liaison Committee

Cllr Valerie Gibson

Secretary of State (Parish) appointee – representing southern parish groupings

Current appointment:  May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 121 July 2021

  • Development Management Committee
  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Authority Review Group

Cllr Gibson is also the Historic Environment Champion

Ms Fiona Gough

Secretary of State appointee.

Appointed April 2014. Current appointment:   April 2018 – March 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Policy Conference Lead Member
  • Authority Review Group
  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Northumberland National Park and County JLAF

Cllr Andy Saunders

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Authority Review Group
  • Finance and Audit Group

Cllr Julian Morrison-Bell

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Development Management Committee (Chair)
  • Sill Advisory Board

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust

Cllr Mark Purvis

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board

 

Ms Pippa Ross

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: September 2017 – June  2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021:

  • Standards & Appeals Committee
  • Authority Review Group (Chair)
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Chief Executive and Director Performance Review Panel

Mr Chris Mullin

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: September 2017 – June  2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Development Management Committee
  • Authority Review Group
  • Campaign for National Parks representative

Ms Liz Ellis

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: July 2020 – March 2024

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Authority Review Group
  • Equality Standards Champion

Ms Marie Fallon

Secretary of State (National) Appointee

Current appointment: July 2020 – March 2024

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Development Management Committee
  • Standards & Appeals Committee
  • Climate Change Champion

Represents Northumberland National Park Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Northumberland National Park and County JLAF (shared)

Cllr Cath Homer

Northumberland County Council Appointee (May 2021)

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups 21 July 2021

  • Development Management Committee
  • Authority Review Group
  • Standards & Appeals Committee

Cllr Mark Mather

Northumberland County Council Appointee (May 2021)

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Appointed Youth Engagement Champion on 21 July 2021

 

Cllr Len Glen-Davison

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee (confirmed 21 July 2021)

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups (to be confirmed 15 September 2021)

  • Development Management Committee

Cllr Denis Mullan

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee (confirmed 21 July 2021)

Current appointment: May 2021 – May 2022

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups (to be confirmed 15 September 2021)

  • Finance & Audit Group

Code of Conduct

Members of Northumberland National Park Authority follow an official code of conduct, the standards for which are set by government. These standards are monitored through Northumberland National Park Authority’s Standards and Appeals Committee.

Member Code of Conduct July 2012

If you believe a member of this Authority has breached this Code of Conduct, your complaint should be addressed in writing to:

The Monitoring Officer
Northumberland National Park Authority
Eastburn
South Park
Hexham
NE46 1BS

Email: [email protected]

The Authority’s complaints procedure for members can be seen here.

Register of Member's Interest

All members of the Authority are required by law to complete a declaration of interest form to register their financial interests – the Register of Interests. These include:

  • details of any employment or business carried out by them;
  • the name of their employer:
  • details of any Directorships;
  • contracts between themselves/their firm and the Authority:
  • interests in land in the area.

A full description of financial interests is set out in the Northumberland National Park Authority’s Code of Conduct.

A summary of the Register of Members’ Interests can be found below.

2021- 2022 Register of Members’ Interests August 2021 PDF File

For more information about membership of the National Park Authority, please contact:

Corporate Support Officer Tel: 01434 605555
E-mail: [email protected]