Authority welcomes governing member

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The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed a new member of its governing body.

Zahid Hamid was selected by Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson for his lengthy expertise in working with young people and voluntary groups, especially in and around the Peak District.

Mr Hamid said he welcomed the opportunity to make a difference, especially for young people.

He added: “Though I live in Sheffield I am fortunate to live within 3.5 miles of the national park and I feel strongly that all parts of society should know about and experience the awe, power, peace and beauty of this place.

“I think we can do more to connect rural and urban communities, especially young people, so that there is a sense of the national park belonging to everyone and all, then caring for it for future generations.”

He has worked voluntarily for several bodies including the Learning and Skills Council and is a trustee of youth homelessness charity Roundabout.