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Appointing the Members

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The Members of the Authority are not directly elected, they are appointed.

However, the Government has recently announced a change to this. At the next round of parish elections, parishes will be able to put forward for election anyone who lives in their parish (and the Park). It's hoped that this will give the parishes a greater choice and provide another way in which residents can become directly involved in the governance of the Authority.

For enquiries about Secretary of State appointments contact Chris Buxton at Natural England, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, S3 8NH (telephone 0300 060 2745) or email

Local Authority Members

  • 4 are appointed by North Yorkshire County Council
  • 2 are appointed by Scarborough Borough Council
  • 2 are appointed by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
  • 2 are appointed by Ryedale District Council
  • 1 is appointed by Hambleton District Council

They must be serving councillors of their appointing local authority.

The Environment Act requires the local authority to have regard to the desirability of appointing Members who represent divisions or wards situated wholly or partly within the National Park boundary. They should also have relevant experience and close links to the Park. Councillors must stand for re-election to their council every four years.

Secretary of State appointed Members

  • 4 are Parish Members elected by Parish Councils in the National Park and appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • 5 are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The current Parish Members are either Parish Councillors or the Chairs of a Parish Meeting and were elected by Parish Councils in elections administered by the Yorkshire Local Councils Association. The successful candidates were then nominated to the Secretary of State for appointment. However, the Government has recently announced a change to this. At the next round of parish elections, parishes will be able to put forward for election anyone who lives in their parish (and the Park). It's hoped that this will give the parishes a greater choice and provide another way in which residents can become directly involved in the governance of the Authority.  

Members appointed directly by the Secretary of State for DEFRA are selected for their ability to represent a wider national viewpoint and for their specialist experience in relation to the particular character of the National Park.

They are usually appointed for a period of up to four years, but each Member can be re-appointed although this is usually limited to a maximum of eight years in total.

For enquiries about Secretary of State appointments: Chris Buxton at Natural England, Foundry House, 3 Millsands, Riverside Exchange, Sheffield, S3 8NH or email

Useful links and information to download

Complaints concerning Members

Members Allowances for 2014 to 2015 (pdf)

Members' Allowances for 2013 to 2014 (pdf)

Members' Allowances for 2012 to 2013 (pdf)

Members' Allowances for 2011 to 2012 (pdf) 

Members' Allowances for 2010 to 2011 (pdf)