Role of members
Purpose of the role
overall purpose of the Chair and members is to ensure that the National Park Authority fulfils national
park purposes to the full and does so in the way that best suits the special characteristics of the
They have a duty to achieve the efficient, effective and accountable
governance of the
Authority in the best interests of the National Park and to provide leadership, scrutiny and direction
for the organisation as a whole in pursuing the aim of sustainable development – balancing and integrating
the environmental, social and economic considerations.
The primary purpose
the role of the member is to work with the Chair, Chief Executive and other members to discharge the
functions of the Authority and to steer and champion the management of the Authority so that it delivers
benefits to the nation and its local communities in accordance with national park purposes.
- act with independent judgement
skills, experience, local, regional and national knowledge for the benefit
of the Authority
- collectively participate in the development of policy direction,
strategic thinking and innovation within the Authority, through the development
of management policy, business plans and participation in the activities of the
Authority’s working groups
- independently scrutinise
the workings and policies of the Authority
- be committed to working in the best
interests of the National Park
- influence the Authority to help it come to informed
and balanced decisions
- seek clarification of policy and action proposals if
- challenge proposals that exceed or go against the statutory purposes
of the Authority
- accept collective responsibility for
the decisions of the Authority
- approve and monitor programmes to implement the
- contribute opinions and advice from local, regional and
- work with members, staff and stakeholders to apply the
principles of sustainable development and the principles of national parks to
all decision making
- be an ambassador for the National
- help to promote the profile and effectiveness of the family of national
parks both through the work of this Authority, cooperative action such as
peer support and peer review and cooperation with the work of Defra, Natural
England and the Association of National Park Authorities/English National Park
In order to achieve
this, members will
be expected to:
- attend and contribute to regular meetings of the Authority,
committees and working groups and raise issues of concern through the established
procedures and mechanisms adopted by the Authority
and understand, and seek clarification where necessary from lead officers, of
briefing material provided for meetings so that they are properly prepared
for any debate on issues across the full range of the Authority’s responsibilities
and represent the Authority as an effective mechanism for promoting
conservation of the National Park’s natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, increasing public
understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities and maintaining
the social and economic well being of local communities
- attend appropriate
training courses, briefing sessions and events arranged or sponsored by the Authority
and the Association of National Park Authorities
to the standards of conduct, accountability and openness of the National Park
- embrace the Government’s programme for Transformational Government.
are opportunities to:
- serve on committees and working groups dealing
particular issues affecting the National Park
or lead a specific area of the Authority’s work
- talk about the work of the Authority
to local community groups
- learn about the National Park and other protected
landscape matters on field visits and fact finding tours
other people responsible for national park matters.
Government, with the English National Park Authorities Association, is working up ideas for measuring
the effectiveness of Authorities and their individual members. In the meantime, the following proxy
measures provide a starting point for members and others to gauge the contribution which they are making
to the life of the Authority.
Attendance at main Authority meetings
measure is the percentage of full Authority meetings and approved duties actually attended from those
that member could have attended.
Target: at least 75% of full Authority
meetings and 75% of each specific meeting
to monitor participation and commitment.
Representation of the Authority
approved external meetings and events
Purpose: to ensure
an even distribution of workload,
and to monitor this workload in line with ‘reasonable expectations’ of time commitment.
Members appointed by the Secretary of State to represent national
interests may be appointed for up to four years, which can be extended to a maximum of 10 years in total.
members and council appointed members serve until the next council election. Elections are held every
four years. These members are eligible for re-appointment to the Authority if re-elected to the council.
There is no maximum term of membership.
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