National Park Seeks New Members

30 January 2023

The search is on for two new colleagues to join the North York Moors National Park’s team of Members – an influential group of people who play a major role in shaping the direction of the Authority.

The appointments will be made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Rt Hon. Thérèsa Coffey MP, this spring.

Members of the National Park are responsible for big decisions regarding the management and future of the North York Moors, including planning applications, conservation projects, grant schemes and encouraging diverse engagement. They also act as ambassadors for the North York Moors, influencing and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders.

Fryup Dale in the NYMNP credit Paul Kent

Candidates will need to be passionate and committed individuals with an awareness of the issues affecting National Parks and an understanding of their statutory purposes. Defra is particularly keen to hear from individuals who wish to respond to the challenge of widening access to National Parks, so that they may fully reflect our diverse society.

Jim Bailey, Chairman of the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“This is a pivotal time for all Protected Landscapes. National Parks are extra special places for nature and biodiversity, but they are also living working environments with local communities and a rich cultural heritage. I'm also convinced that they play an increasing role in maintaining our health and well-being.

“We must serve the needs of this beautiful landscape, alongside the needs of the visitors who come to enjoy the area, so that our National Park can be of service to the nation. As a board we aim to make the best possible decisions regarding the direction of the National Park Authority, ensuring that money is well spent and always with great consideration for future generations.”

Five of the Authority’s 20 Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Four are selected by parish councils, and the remaining 11 are drawn from the local authorities within the North York Moors. The position is unsalaried, although an allowance and expenses are provided. Members are asked to commit between two and three days a month to Authority work

Recruitment closes at noon on Monday 20 February, with final interviews to be held at the end of March.

Further information on how to apply can be found at or contact the North York Moors National Park Authority on 01439 772700 or

More information on the current Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority is available at:


Media contact

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

01439 772577

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022, it was created on 28 November 1952, becoming 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 7.7 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, Danby Lodge National Park Centre 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.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, explore this website.

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