Peak District National Park Authority welcomes new members

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Friday 1 June 2012

The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed several new members to its governing body.
Two were appointed by the Defra Secretary of State, one elected by parish councils, and four appointed by the national park’s district, county or city councils following changes within their organisations.
The two new Secretary of State members are Robert Helliwell and Frances Beatty MBE.
Edale farmer Robert Helliwell is a former Derbyshire NFU chairman and a member of the Land Managers Forum. He said: “There are many challenges facing Park land managers, so let’s hope I can do my bit to make that management easier and give greater benefit to the national park.”
Frances Beatty is a former West Midlands director of the Country Land and Business Association and is currently Stafford Borough Council’s Cabinet member for planning and regeneration. She said: “The Authority has hugely important challenges ahead in retaining the integrity of the vision within an austerity framework. It is a watershed time and I look forward to playing a valuable part.”
The newly appointed parish member is Cllr Christopher Carr, a farmer and chair of Tissington Parish Council. Cllr Carr previously served on the Authority from 2007 to 2011.
The members appointed by councils are:

  • Cllr Barrie Taylor, re-appointed to the Authority by Derbyshire County Council after a gap of five years. Living in Whaley Bridge, his special interests are wildlife and the environment.
  • Cllr Hilda Gaddum, re-appointed to the Authority by Cheshire East Council after a gap of two years. Cllr Gaddum is a previous deputy chair of the Authority and chair of its planning committee. She is Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for children and families.
  • Cllr Philip Wood, appointed by Sheffield City Council where he represents Stocksbridge. A lifelong Sheffield resident Cllr Wood worked for Royal Mail before his retirement and lives in Deepcar.
  • Cllr Nicola Turner, appointed by Kirklees Council where she represents Colne Valley. Cllr Turner is the managing director of a manufacturing business and a mother of four.
    In addition, Secretary of State member Geoff Nickolds has had his appointment extended by three years. Mr Nickolds is deputy chair of the Authority, chair of the Moors for the Future Partnership and a former conservation, access and recreation manager for Severn Trent Water.
    The Authority has 30 members, made up of 16 local councillors, six parish representatives, and eight Defra appointees, taking strategic responsibility for planning, conservation, recreation, access and resources in the national park.

All members receive an allowance of £1,698 per year and basic meal and travel expenses. Chairs and vice-chairs of committees also receive a special responsibility allowance ranging from 50 per cent to 300 per cent of the basic allowance.

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