This is an archived press release
Wednesday 23 April 2014
Three new faces have been welcomed as Members of the Peak District National Park Authority.
Stella McGuire and Emma Sayer have been appointed by Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson for their expertise in national park issues while Cllr Paul Smith has been appointed by Derbyshire County Council to add a more local perspective.
They are joining the Authority's 27 other Members who make policy and planning decisions for the national park.
Stella McGuire's expertise is in cultural heritage. An archaeologist by training, she has been a consultant in conservation planning, and has worked on Peak District sites and landscapes including Gardom's Edge, Fin Cop near Monsal Head, and at Castleton. She now coordinates, as a volunteer, the monitoring of thousands of cultural heritage features across the Eastern Moors.
Fire and Civil Defence Authority.
“I’d love to share with people an awareness of the incredible richness of national park landscapes,” she said. “The more we find out, the more we understand how past generations have shaped our landscapes, villages and towns, and the challenge is to ensure that their special qualities are there to be appreciated by future generations.”
Emma Sayer heads the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands and is a former army intelligence officer who served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Bosnia-Hercegovina. On leaving the army Emma joined English Nature where she led the North East’s response to the foot-and-mouth crisis in 2000-2001 and later became external funding development manager for England.
”I first got to know the Peak District National Park in the 1990s while at the University of Nottingham,” said Emma. “I have a particular interest in industrial heritage and environmental education, and in my spare time I enjoy the many activities the park has to offer to families – my 15-month-old daughter is already a veteran of the Tissington and Monsal trails.”
Cllr Paul Smith is a Derbyshire County Council deputy cabinet member for health and communities, chairing the Safer Communities Board, Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel and Derbyshire Sport. Based in Somercotes near Alfreton, he is also a member of the Trent Regional Flood Board, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority and has been on Derbyshire’s Planning Committee since 1997.
“I’ve always had an interest in the Peak District – living so close at hand I’ve visited many times with my children, and now grandchildren,” said Cllr Smith, a retired printer. “I hope to contribute the benefit of my experience, particularly in planning, to the long term future of the national park.”
Tony Favell, chair of the Authority said: “We are delighted to welcome these three new Members to the Authority. Their special interests, talents and experience can only be good for this wonderful national park and the people who live and work here or those who come to visit.”