This is an archived press release
Monday 31 December 2012
Tony Favell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, has received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
He has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for outstanding services to politics and public service, and the Peak District National Park.
Cllr Favell, 73, has been chair of the Authority for two years, since April 2011, and was deputy chair from June 2010 to March 2011. He was appointed to the Authority by High Peak Borough Council in June 2007.
He said: “I am absolutely thrilled - it is an enormous honour to receive this recognition for having done everything I have loved doing. However, I would not have achieved it without the support from my wife, Susan, and everyone I have worked with over the years. It really is marvellous.”
Cllr Favell is also on the East Midlands Leaders’ Board, the Land Managers’ Forum, Peak Park Parishes’ Forum, Sheffield City Region Forum, UK Association of National Park Authorities, and the English National Park Authorities Association.
Having lived in Edale for 43 years, he is a well-known local figure, having previously been a senior partner of a Peak District firm of solicitors, MP for Stockport, chairman of Tameside and Glossop Acute Services Hospital Trust and a part-time Tribunal Judge.
He worked in the Treasury whilst serving as an MP, and was former prime minister John Major’s Parliamentary Private Secretary for four years.
He has also been an Edale parish councillor, president of Hope Show and president of the Longshaw Sheep Dog Trials Association.
At the Peak District National Park Authority, Cllr Favell has played a leading role in:
- encouraging the Authority to work more closely with local communities
- improving communications over issues such as planning and the use of 4x4s on green lanes
- campaigning for improved rail services on the Hope Valley Line, between Manchester and Sheffield
- promoting opportunities for young people to enjoy and find out about the national park
- protecting the national park landscape
- supporting the growth of rural businesses
- improving services for residents, including access to better broadband.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This is a richly deserved award. Tony has given selfless service to the people of the Hope Valley, the High Peak and the Peak District National Park. He has championed the role of local people and the importance of helping young people from neighbouring cities experience the National Park.”
In addition to his work with the National Park Authority, Cllr Favell is president of Stockport MENCAP, president of High Peak Conservative Association and deputy chairman of the High Peak and Hope Valley Rail Partnership.