New appointment

Pauline Wall has been appointed Director of Park Management by the Authority. Originally from Leeds, she has spent her career in estates management and joins the National Park Authority from the National Trust.

During the last 8 years Pauline has managed a broad portfolio of heritage properties in the South of England, including Rudyard Kipling’s family home in Sussex and Monk’s House, the 16th-century home of novelist Virginia Woolf.

Tony Gates, Chief Executive at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “The National Park Authority is at the forefront of caring for one of the nation’s finest landscapes and works hard to secure a great future for the Park and the people that live, work and visit it.

“We are pleased to welcome Pauline to the team. She brings a wealth of expertise and will be working closely with our communities, farmers, land managers, business owners and volunteers to ensure we remain strategic and focused as custodians and make sure Northumberland National Park remains the unique asset that it is.”

Pauline adds: “I am really looking forward to getting out there and meeting the communities and people who influence and shape the Park.  These are changeable times for everyone with the future of farming and land management facing a period of significant transition.

“I see an opportunity to use my experience working with communities in the heritage sector to support the Authority and its partners in maintaining and enhancing what makes Northumberland National Park so special and to help create a real and sustainable future for its communities.”