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National Park appoints new boss eager to bring ‘expertise and passion’

15 June 2020

Tom Hind new Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority

Tom Hind, an experienced and respected figure from the rural sector, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the North York Moors National Park Authority.  Tom brings with him a strong track record of leadership and strategy development and a great personal commitment to outdoor recreation and nature.  He replaces Andy Wilson who is retiring after 20 years at the helm.

Speaking on his appointment, Tom said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as the new Chief Executive of such a respected organisation. Growing up in Yorkshire and enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the National Park as a visitor - this means a great deal to me on both a personal and professional level.

“Our natural landscapes are inspiring in themselves but the value the National Park brings goes so much further, whether it’s the exceptional apprenticeship programme, incredible conservation work or engagement with the local community.

“I believe I can bring valuable experience and passion to the National Park Authority, not only in terms of land management policy, but also in working in partnership with other stakeholders and government. The breadth of the role, the chance to build on my leadership experience and a sense of purpose that connects with what I love out of work are all very powerful motivations for me and I cannot wait to get started.”

Tom’s career has spanned over 20 years working in food and farming for the NFU and Tesco. He joins the National Park Authority from the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board where he’s been working as Chief Strategy Officer.

Tom’s appointment was made following a rigorous recruitment process and was approved by the full Authority, which is overseen by a Board of 20 Members appointed from a mix of local, sub-regional and national communities.

Jim Bailey, Chair of the National Park Authority, said: “I’m really excited to have appointed Tom Hind as our new CEO. The Members selection panel were impressed by Tom's strategic talent and energy. The level of research work was very impressive and his knowledge of business and land use issues will be valuable in the changing times ahead. We are much indebted to Andy and he’s a hard act to follow. It’s not about knowing all the answers right now, of course we don't. However, in Tom I’m very confident of his commitment to finding the best answers for the good of the National Park and for all who care for future of the North York Moors.”

The appointment of Tom marks the retirement of one of the Authority’s longest serving staff, Andy Wilson. Andy started in 2000 and has seen the Authority through many challenges including the foot-and-mouth outbreak, austerity, the potash mine application and now the still present battle with COVID-19.

Andy said: “I wish Tom all the very best working for this wonderful place. It’s great to know there is such a talented and experienced person taking over.”

Tom is due to start in his new role in September.

ENDS

Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

press@northyorkmoors.org.uk

01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available here: northyorkmoors.org.uk