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Staff and Members

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has 22 members and employs approximately 100 staff. We also benefit from the work of 250 Dales Volunteers.

Of the 22 members, 12 are appointed from the local County and District Councils and 10 are appointed by the Secretary of State. Six of these are in recognition of the national status of the area and four represent the parishes in the National Park.

The National Park Authority's staff are managed by the Chief Executive, who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Authority. The staff live in and around the National Park, and are experts in the type of work they do. For information about our staff and organisational structure, visit our Staff section.

Vacancies for Authority Membership

Following the local elections in May 2014 there will be two vacancies for parish-appointed members of the National Park Authority. One of these is for the South Lakeland parishes that fall within the National Park boundary - Garsdale, Dent and Sedbergh. The second vacancy arises from the Craven Airedale (West) parishes as follows:

Airton, Austwick, Clapham, Eshton, Flasby-with-Winterburn, Gargrave, Giggleswick, Hanlith, Hellifield, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ingleton, Kirkby Malham, Langcliffe, Lawkland, Long Preston, Malham, Malham Moor, Otterburn, Scosthrop, Settle, Stainforth, Stirton-with-Thorlby and Thornton-in-Lonsdale.

When the term of appointment of one of the parish members on the National Park Authority ends, parish councils and parish meetings will be invited to propose a candidate. If there is more than one candidate, an election amongst the parish councils will be held to determine the name of the candidate that will be submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.

To be eligible to be a parish member of the National Park Authority you must first be either a member of a parish council or the chair of the parish meeting. The first step, therefore, is to become a member of your parish council or be elected as chair of your parish meeting.

If you would like any further information or have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing secretariat@yorkshiredales.org.uk.

 

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