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New member sought for New Forest National Park Authority

New member sought for New Forest National Park Authority


Would you like to play a leading role in conserving and enhancing the natural beauty and special qualities of one of our most treasured landscapes?

Defra is recruiting for a new Secretary of State member for the New Forest National Park, with a four-year term.

Secretary of State members have an important role to play overseeing the management of this special landscape. They provide leadership and strategic input, at a non-executive level, to the National Park Authority which works to ensure the delivery of benefits to the national and local community.

The Authority has 22 members with overall responsibility for making decisions. There are 12 members appointed by the county, district and borough councils with land within the National Park. Six are appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Four are selected from parish councils within the National Park.

Authority members set policies and priorities, ensure efficient and effective use of resources, and make sure that money is well spent. It is their job to represent the interests of the National Park and to balance out any conflicting pressures.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, announced he was recruiting members for a number of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). He said: ‘I am looking for a diverse group of passionate and committed individuals 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 a clear understanding of land management, rural communities, as well as protection and enhancement of the environment. Applications are also encouraged from people with experience in planning, commercial and business leadership, communications and stakeholder outreach.’

If you have any questions about the appointment process or would like an informal discussion about the role, please email the Public Appointments Team on

This position is non-salaried but certain allowances are available. The time commitment varies between one to four days per month.

For further information about this role and to apply, please visit the Centre for Public Appointments:

Closing date for applications: Noon on 6 March 2020.

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