Secretary of State National Park Authorities and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards Members

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Body: National Park Authorities and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Conservation Boards (NPA)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Various – Broads, New Forest, Peak District, Lake District and Cotswolds
Number of Vacancies: 12: Broads Authority (2); New Forest NPA (2); Peak District NPA (3); Lake District (2); and Cotswolds CB (3)
Remuneration: These positions are non-salaried but certain allowances are available if needed. These allowances range between £300 - £3,000 per annum depending on the National Park Authority or AONB Conservation Board – full details are in the candidate pack
Time Requirements: 1-4 days per month depending on the National Park Authority or AONB Conservation Board - full details are in the candidate pack

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    17/04/2019

  • Closed for Applications

    13/05/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    22 May - 06 June 2019

  • Final Interview Date

    24/06/2019

  • Announcement

    July

 

Assessment Panel

  • Sarah Severn (London and Manchester) Added 17/04/2019

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director for EU Exit Business Readiness • Senior Independent Panel Member

    Friday 21 June - Lake District interviews

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  • Louise Morris (Bristol Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Head of Land Use • Departmental Official

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  • Haydn Thirtle (London Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Chair, Broads Authority • Representative of Organisation

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  • Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre (London Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Chair, New Forest National Park Authority • Representative of Organisation

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  • Andrew McCloy (Manchester Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Chair, Peak District National Park Authority • Representative of Organisation

    Thursday 20 June - Peak District interviews

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  • Mike McKinley (Manchester Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Chair, Lake District National Park Authority • Representative of Organisation

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  • Liz Eyre (Bristol Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Chair, Cotswolds AONB Conservation Board • Representative of Organisation

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  • Henry Robinson (Bristol Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Board Member, Natural England • Independent Member

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  • Sophie Churchill (London and Manchester Panel) Added 17/04/2019

    Board Member, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

“I am looking for passionate and committed individuals from all backgrounds who want to help shape the strategic direction of our National Park Authorities and AONB Conservation Boards. As a Secretary of State appointed member, you will have the opportunity to help conserve and enhance our most treasured landscapes now and for future generations. I welcome applications from people who have an understanding of and commitment to farming and land management, rural communities, the protection and enhancement of the environment, and making sure our finest landscapes can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity

There are ten National Parks (including the Broads Authority), and thirty four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including two Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards in England. The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act (1949) enabled the designation of National Parks and AONBs in England and Wales.

National Parks and Cotswolds and Chilterns AONBs are protected because of their natural beauty and the wealth of opportunities provided for outdoor recreation, being designated nationally and internationally important landscapes. This high quality environment supports vibrant local economies and communities.

National Parks are administered by individual National Park Authorities. The Chilterns and Cotswolds AONBs are each administered by a Conservation Board. Each National Park Authority/AONB Conservation Board is managed by an executive of permanent staff with oversight from Members. Members make decisions about the actions that each National Park Authority/AONB Conservation Board should take to deliver its purposes. There are typically between 18 and 30 Members, either appointed by Defra’s Secretary of State, or elected by local authorities or parish councils.

The executive carries out the necessary work to run the National Parks/AONBs and support and advise the Members. Staff include professionals such as ecologists, rangers, planners and education specialists
Defra encourages National Park Authorities/AONB Conservation Boards to maximise funding from a range of sources to supplement the grant they receive from Government.

The overall role of a Member is to contribute to the leadership, scrutiny and direction of the National Park Authority/ Conservation Board and further the statutory purposes. Members are not representative of any organisation or group and have a duty to act in the best interest of the Authority/ Conservation Board on which they serve. Certain ineligibility criteria apply to these posts.

Person Specification

All applicants must demonstrate the following criteria:

• Commitment to protected landscapes and an understanding of the statutory purposes of National Parks/ AONBs;

• Ability to act as an ambassador for the National Park/ AONB, by influencing and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders including farmers and environmental land managers;

• An ability to constructively challenge and influence within a leadership group ; and

• Ability to think strategically and provide advice in ways which are impartial, creative and focused on finding solutions that take account of local and national priorities.

Additional Information

The statutory purposes of National Park Authorities are to:

i) Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage;

ii) Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of National Parks by the public.

• When National Park authorities carry out these purposes they also have the duty to: seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the National Parks.

• The Broads Authority has an additional purpose of protecting the interests of navigation, and in discharging its functions regard is to be had to the needs of agriculture and forestry and the economic and social interests of those who live or work in the Broads

The statutory purposes of AONB Conservation Boards are to:

• Conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB.

• AONB Conservation Boards have a further responsibility to:

o increase the public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area of outstanding natural beauty

• When AONBs carry out these purposes they also have the duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the AONB.

• If there is conflict between the purposes for National Parks and AONBs they are both required by statute to place greater weight to conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the park, a concept known as the ‘Sandford principle’.

We actively encourage applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Defra is a Disability Confident employer.

Attachments
1_NPA and AONB - Advert
2__NPA and AONB- NPA Candidate pack
3_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Political Activity)
4_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity)
5_Public Appointments Guidance notes
6_Public Appointments-Privacy Notice
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