New members sought for New Forest National Park Authority

Published Monday 9 January 2012

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman, has announced her intention to appoint two new members to the New Forest National Park Authority.

The Secretary of State appoints members to reflect the national importance placed on national parks, with responsibility for conservation, recreation, planning, access, land management and resources as well as reflecting both local and national interests.

The vacancies arose after Clive Chatters and Roger Heape stood down. Mr Chatters had served since the National Park was established in 2005 and was Chairman between 2007 and 2010. Mr Heape was appointed in 2006 and was Chairman of the Resources and Performance Committee from 2006 to 2010. Both represented the Authority on several external organisations.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘I very much appreciate the time and commitment they both gave to the New Forest during the time that they served as a member, particularly as the National Park was being established, and their work was greatly appreciated.’

The new appointments will commence in May 2012, or as soon after as practical, and are initially for up to four years with the option of re-appointment for a total period of up to eight years.

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

Application forms and further details are available online at or from Chris Buxton at Natural England, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, S3 8NH (telephone 0300 060 2745) or email .

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 13 February 2012.

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For enquiries about the New Forest National Park Authority vacancies, please contact David Stone on 01590 646645, email


Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contact:
Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608

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