Search is on for new Peak Authority member

Padley Gorge
Padley Gorge

APPLICATIONS are being sought for a new member to sit on the governing body of the Peak District National Park Authority.

Members are responsible for setting the policies and priorities of the authority and ensuring money and other resources are well used.

The authority has 30 members made up of:

• 16 local councillors appointed by district, borough, metropolitan or county councils

• Eight members appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for their specialist knowledge of national park issues and

• Six members elected by parish councils to represent local communities.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is looking to fill a vacancy among the members with specialist knowledge of national park or regional issues.

Applicants will be expected to reflect national interests in their decision-making while understanding and connecting with the local community and businesses.

The successful applicant will start in May, or as soon after as practical, and will initially serve for up to four years, with the option of re-appointment for up to four more years.

Members receive an allowance, plus expenses to attend meetings. They are expected to commit at least two or three days to the authority each month.

Application forms and further details are available:

• On-line at http://tinyurl.com/6rh25zp

• From Chris Buxton at Natural England on 0300 060 2745 or by emailing boardservices@naturalengland.org.uk

• By writing to Chris Buxton, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, S3 8NH

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday, February 13 2012.

Applications are particularly encouraged from members of ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, women and young people.