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. At the NCC meeting on 1 May 2019 Cllr Mark Purvis was appointed to replace Cllr Julie Foster.

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).

Six parish members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment through a group selection process following parish council elections to represent 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, to represent local, regional or national interests of the Authority, are advertised on the Defra and Northumberland National Park websites when they arise.

Committees and working groups

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

Cllr Glen Sanderson - Chairman

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current Appointment: May 2019 – May 2020

Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority (appointed 10  July 2019)

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel
  • Finance and Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board

Represents the National Park Authority on the following bodies:

  • National Parks UK Executive Committee
  • National Parks England – Chairs’ Group

Mrs Jean Davidson - Deputy Chairman

Secretary of State (National) appointee.  Appointed June 2014

Current appointment:  March 2018 – March 2022

Deputy Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority (appointed 10 July 2019)

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Estates Task & Finish Group

Jean is also the Authority’s  Equality Standard Champion

Cllr John Riddle

Apointed by Northumberland County Council

Re-appointed May 2019 – May 2020

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee (also Vice Chair of DMC)

Cllr Anthony Murray

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Reappointed May 2019 – May 2020

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Authority Review Group

Cllr Alan Sharp

Appointed by Northumberland County Council.

Current appointment: May 2019 – May 2020

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Finance and Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Estates Task & Finish Group
  • Authority Review Group

Cllr Eileen Cartie

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current appointment: May 2019- May 2020

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019: none

Cllr Johnny Wilson

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee – representing northern parish groupings.

Current appointment: May 2017 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee

Cllr Sue Bolam

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

Current appointment:  May 2017 – May 2021

Chairman of Development Management Committee

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee (Chairman of DMC)
  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Estates Task & Finish Group

 

Cllr Chris France

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

Current appointment:  May 2017 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019: none

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 2017 – May 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Standards and Appeals Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Authority Review Group
  • Estates Task & Finish Group

Cllr Gibson is also the Historic Environment Champion

Mr Mike Bell

Secretary of State (National) Appointee.

Appointed: April 2009. Reappointed April 2013 – March 2017. Appointment extended to 31 March 2020 by Defra.

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019: none

Represents the Authority on the following outside bodies:

  • Northumberland Joint Local Access Forum
  • Harden Quarry Liaison Committee
  • Local Plan Task & Finish Group

Mr Peter Murray

Secretary of State (National) Appointee.

Appointed: April 2009. Reappointed April 2013 – March 2017. Appointment extended to 31 March 2020 by Defra.

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Finance & Audit Working Group
  • Standards  & Appeals Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Estates Task & Finish Group

Mr Murray is also the Authority’s Policy Conference lead member

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 10 July 2019:

  • Authority Review Group (Chair)
  • Finance & Audit Group
  • Development Management Committee
  • Chief Executive and Directors Performance Review Panel
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Shadowing Mike Bell on JLAF

Cllr Andy Saunders

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee

Current appointment: June 2017 – June 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Authority Review Group
  • Finance and Audit Group

 

Cllr Julian Morrison-Bell

Secretary of State (Parish) Appointee

Current appointment: June 2017 – June 2021

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Sill Advisory Board

Cllr Mark Purvis

Appointed by Northumberland County Council

Current appoinment May 2019 – May 2020

Sits on the following Northumberland National Park Authority Committees and Working Groups from 10 July 2019:

  • Standards & Appeals Committee
  • The Sill Advisory Board

Cllr Purvis is also the National Park Authority’s Youth Engagement Champion

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 from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Standards & Appeals Committee
  • Authority Review Group (Deputy Chair of Review)
  • Sill Advisory Board
  • Finance & Audit Group

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 from 10 July 2019:

  • Development Management Committee
  • Campaign for National Parks representative

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 for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020  can be found below. This was first published on 04 July 2019.

Register of Interests 2019 – 2020 published July 2019 – PDF File

For more information about membership of the National Park Authority, please contact:
Corporate Support Officer Tel: 01434 605555
E-mail: [email protected]