Local Access Forum members


Local Access Forum members

John Thompson (Chair) Appointed until September 2019
John has over 40 years experience and knowledge of Derbyshire and Peak District countryside issues, having latterly worked for the National Park Authority as Director of Recreation and Education until his retirement in May 2007. In this role he developed close and effective partnerships with a number of bodies including national and regional sports and recreation panels. He has also served on the National Forest Board for six years.  He is also active in his local community, and is currently chair of Wirksworth Recreation Ground Trust, providing opportunities for local sports and chair of the Anthony Gell School Foundation Trust, which has supported development of improved sports facilities for the school and community.

Bob Berzins (Vice-chair) Appointed until June 2019
Bob's main area of interest is fell running. He is a member of Sheffield-based Dark Peak Fell Runners, writes columns for the Fell Runners Association website and magazine, and represents fell runners throughout the national park. Through his involvement in the Stanage Forum he has developed his interest in access and conservation, and works with landowners, keepers and conservationists to improve understanding of the impacts of fell running on local moorland.

Charlotte Gilbert (Vice-chair) Appointed until December 2020
Charlotte lives in Alport near Bakewell and has a great interest in access to the countryside from many different perspectives; as a farmer and land manager, as a walker, horse rider, and conservationist. She is Chair of Peak Horsepower bridleway group with an aim to extend the bridleway network in the Peak District.

Ian Bunting Appointed until December 2017
Ian is a Visitor Experience Manager for Severn Trent Water and is responsible for conservation, access and recreation around several reservoirs. He is a keen walker and pot holer in the Peak District and is a volunteer at community projects and Heritage organisations. Having a farming background he understands some of the challenges surrounding access but is keen to make it as open to as many as possible.

Joe Dalton Appointed until December 2020
A farmer, farming land in the White Peak and Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park.

Edwina Edwards Appointed until September 2018
Edwina is the Chief Executive of Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport, and has also worked voluntarily for them for several years. She has also worked for the YHA, and has served in various roles for Girlguiding in Derbyshire and is Midlands Region DofE co-ordinator. A keen walker, cyclist and fell runner, she is also very much part of the local Youlgrave community, and comes from a farming background.

Richard Entwistle Appointed until December 2019
Richard has lived near the Peak District for over 35 years and has been a frequent visitor to the National Park as a sightseeing visitor, a keen walker and occasional driver on the historic unsurfaced roads. He is very keen that all user groups have fair access to the countryside, and so has been involved with the Stanage Forum steering group representing the Green Lane Association (GLASS).

Henry Folkard Appointed until August 2018
Henry's professional association with the Peak District began in the late 1970's when, as Area Officer for the Manpower Services Commission's Job Creation Programme, he worked to develop a range of special projects in the National Park. He is currently the British Mountaineering Council' s Area Access Officer where he works on a range of issues in the Park, including the Stanage Forum, the Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area and the Kinder and High Peak Advisory Committee, and has contributed to the BMC's policy on, and responses to, the CROW Act. He has a strong amateur interest in ornithology and botany and landscapes are a particular interest.

Clare Griffin Appointed until October 2017
Clare enjoys a wide range of outdoors recreation, including fell running, orienteering and trail bike riding. She is a member of the British Orienteering Federation, Fell Runners Association, Macclesfield Harriers running club, Trail Riders Fellowship and Vintage Motorcycle Club and has recently joined Peak Park Conservation Volunteers working parties. She works at Manchester Royal Infirmary and lives in Bollington.

John Hall Appointed until November 2016
John is a farmer in Edale.

Jez Kenyon Appointed until April 2021
Jez has been involved with Ramblers locally and nationally for several years, currently serving on the South Yorkshire and North-East Derbyshire Ramblers Council. A keen walker, he is involved with path maintenance and improvements (both practically, and helping develop path issue reporting systems). He wants to ensure the wonderful Peak District footpath network is easy to use for casual walkers and is physically accessible to walkers of varying abilities, while preserving the historic nature of the network.

Adge Last Appointed until October 2020
Adge is an outdoor education professional whose work supports the personal development of young people from Sheffield. He has links to Outdoor Education Advisers Panel and Association of Heads of Outdoor Education Centres. Contact with local groups in Great Longstone regarding motor vehicle issues. Actively involved in rock climbing, cycling (both road and mountain biking) and walking. Lives and works within the National Park at Thornbridge.

Andrew Murley Appointed until March 2018
In his early years Andrew hiked and cycled around most of the Peak District and became a member of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team; he is still an associate member. Since the onset of various ailments he now ventures out in a wheelchair and tries to visit as much of the Peak District on the accessible routes. He has lately gained a qualification in Managing Sustainable Rural Development. He attempted to relate most of his studies toward the Peak District but the last year of study was purely devoted towards the interaction between Peak District farmers, the local economy and local community. He is keen to see the residents, communities and economy of the Peak District and local surrounding area benefit from the opportunities afforded them through work performed by the LAF.

Geoff Nickolds Appointed until October 2020
Geoff  spent most of his career with Severn Trent Water where, as Conservation, Access and Recreation Manager he was responsible for recreation, access and biodiversity issues. This included over forty reservoir sites and countryside receiving over four million visitors each year, with facilities including visitor and education centres, restaurants, access trails, car parking, bird hides and water sports. After leaving Severn Trent Water, Geoff served as Chairman of an Environment Agency Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee (2005-2012), and as a Member of the Peak District National Park Authority (2007 - 2015) where he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Authority and had member lead roles on both biodiversity and recreation. His work as an independent Conservation, Access and Recreation consultant has included strategic advice on proposed reservoir and wetland developments for Thames Water, South East Water and the Environment Agency, and on implications of the Water Framework Directive for water based recreation for Defra. Geoff is a member of the Forestry Commission Regional Advisory Committee and of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for the East Midlands. He has also been a member of the National Trust Midlands Regional Advisory Board and National Trust Council.  Spare time interests include membership of (and visiting) the National Trust and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and walking and cycling.

Paul Richardson Appointed until March 2020
Paul has been visiting the Peak District National Park all of his life and has been a resident for 20 years. He owns and manages a business based in Hope, and his interests outside of the working environment have included rock climbing, walking and mountain biking. He has recently stepped down from Chair of the Peak District Mountain Bike group which was formed to help provide a voice for mountain bike riders that are resident in the national park, a group that is now some 3000 strong and growing. His work as a volunteer with the National Trust and his degree have provided me with a good background in both theory and practice of the managed landscape.

Dan Richmond-Watson Appointed until December 2020
Dan has been involved in all aspects of land management for 20 years.  He is a farmer and keen conservationist and as well as running his own property related business, sits on the Board of Huntingdon Racecourse.

Roly Smith Appointed until April 2021
Roly is the award-winning author of over 90 books on walking and the countryside. A journalist by training, he has lived in Bakewell for over 30 years. He is vice president of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, and also of South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers, and he serves on the editorial panel for Wild Derbyshire,the magazine of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and on the Kinder and High Peak Advisory Group. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Promoting greater understanding of the countryside and campaigning for better access to all to it are among Roly’s major passions, and he has organised the now-annual Spirit of Kinder celebrations of the Mass Trespass for the past 15 years. History is another of his interests, and he edits ACID (Archaeology & Conservation in Derbyshire) for Derbyshire County Council and the National Park authority. Roly loves to travel and has visited about 30 US and Canadian National Parks, as well as many in Europe. When he’s not writing or travelling, he continues to enjoy walking and exploring the wonderful Peak District countryside.

Jon Stewart Appointed until October 2020
Jon has been involved in conservation and recreation work in the Peak District for over ten years through roles with English Nature/ Natural England (including input to CRoW access and Moors for the Future). He is now employed as General Manager for the National Trust with responsibility for delivery of the Trust's key aims of conservation and access/enjoyment in the Peak District as the largest landowner. Brings strong perspectives on conservation, access and land ownership/ management. 

Ally Turner Appointed until October 2020
Ally is a keen horse rider and walker. She has recently retired from being a secondary school teacher with experience of working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and disadvantaged young people. She lives in a farming community near Longnor.

Sue Weatherley Appointed until June 2018
Sue comes from a farming background and has worked in public service in Derbyshire in a variety of roles for over 30 years. She lives in Youlgrave and is now retired. She is an active walker and cyclist, and even manages to do some open water swimming. At present she is Access Officer for the Derbyshire Dales Group of the Ramblers. She also has a keen interest in wildlife and chairs the Wye and Upper Derwent Group of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.


John Walton Appointed by the Peak District National Park Authority
John is self-employed and has been a High Peak Borough Councillor since 2003. He lives within the National Park and support a balanced approach to tourism in the Hope Valley. He supports protection of the environment, development for business and pleasure which is sympathetic to the natural beauty of the area and development on brown sites with careful planning.

Jason Atkin Appointed by Derbyshire County Council
Jason is an elected Councillor on both Derbyshire County Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council and am a member of the Planning Committees of both these Councils. He lives just outside the National Park boundary in Darley Dale and is a shop manager. His family have been farmers in Derbyshire for over 100 years and he runs his own business. In his County Councillor role he has had experience of cultural heritage issues as a representative on the Derwent Valley World Mills Heritage site. He is keen to promote affordable housing schemes to preserve the communities within the National Park and to support closer workings with other Authorities that surround the National Park and support national promotion of the National Park and closer working ties with the other National Parks.

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