Independent chair sought for Peak Park group

AN independent chair is being sought for an advisory group that oversees a plan to manage and improve the Peak District National Park.

The Peak District National Park Management Plan has been written by a partnership of organisations and groups that operate in the national park.

It sets out how all the partners have agreed they want to see the national park develop over the next 20 years and actions that need to be taken to achieve this.

The National Park Management Plan Advisory Group monitors progress on the plan and encourages all organisations in the national park to work together to achieve its aims.

The voluntary role will involve spending up to four days a year chairing meetings of the group and acting as an external advocate for the plan. Expenses will be paid.

Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The authority has the responsibility of producing the National Park Management Plan but it is not our plan, it is a plan for all organisations in the area.

“In developing the new plan we have worked hard to develop better links with partner organisations and representatives of business, farmers and land owners and the community and voluntary sector, while maintaining traditional strong links with conservation groups.

“By appointing an independent chair of the group we hope to get more external buy-in for the plan and someone to advocate its importance to any organisation, business or community group with an interest in the national park.”

Candidates are expected to come from a wide range of backgrounds but they should all:

• Be independent of different interest groups and help ensure they are working together for the future benefit of the national park

• Demonstrate commitment and understanding of the Peak District National Park

• Bring enthusiasm and determination to the role

• Be an advocate for the plan and the national park area

Full details of the role and how to apply can be seen by visiting www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/npmpchair or by contacting Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, on 01629 816323.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday January 30, with interviews taking place on Friday February 10.

It is hoped the new chair can be appointed before the launch of the new Peak District National Park Management Plan in April.