"It's an exciting moment to become a Trustee of the Foundation."

A key charity in rural Northumberland is seeking to recruit new Trustees to complement its existing successful Board. The Northumberland National Park Foundation, which was originally founded to help fundraise for the development of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, has as its aim the safeguarding of the future of Northumberland National Park. In this role it supports the Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) in its aims to promote and encourage the Park’s protection, conservation, and enhancement, as well as in initiatives that support local communities and help connect people from different backgrounds with nature, culture and heritage. 


Lady Sarah Riddell, who chairs the NNPF, believes this is an exciting moment to become a Trustee of the Foundation. “We have seen, and are continuing to see, increasing numbers of visitors to the National Park, attracted by its rich landscape, its beauty and the possibilities of exploration and discovery during difficult times. We are therefore keen to find people who have a commitment and affinity to the Park as a place and who recognise its special significance in the region. In particular, we are looking for two new trustees who have an understanding of either environmental priorities – climate change, nature and biodiversity, culture and heritage etc – or of engagement, outreach, inclusion, and diversity. Our Board provides the governance and leadership of the Foundation, so becoming a Trustee of the NNPF is a positive way to share those skills, experiences and connections that will ensure the Park is enjoyed by many more generations to come. 


“As we, in this region, continue to recover from the pandemic, we have learnt the importance of nature and wellbeing in our lives. Our strategic aims, aligned with those of the NNPA, are focused on a green and inclusive recovery for everyone so that nature, wider society, communities and the economy all recover together side by side. If you believe in our work, and that of the national park Authority, and have the enthusiasm, energy and commitment to support the Foundation and its mission at this critical time, we very much look forward to hearing from you.” 


The NNPF was launched in 2014, and since then it has been responsible for funding peatland restoration, biodiversity projects and planting initiatives to boost species and improve habitats. It has also secured funding to enable the building of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and to support its learning and engagement programmes. Other activities include the health and wellbeing programmes delivered by The Sill and improved access at some of Northumberland’s most remarkable sites in the Park – Simonside, the Cheviots and Hadrian’s Wall. 


The deadline for applications to join the NNPF Board as a Trustee is Monday 27 June 2022. Candidates are asked to send a CV and covering letter to foundation@nnpa.org.uk.

More information about the role can be found at: www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/jobs/recruiting-foundation-trustee/.