Press release

National park authorities and broads authority appointments

Each appointment will take effect from 1 April 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

New appointments to England’s National Park Authorities and the Broads Authority have been made by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Owen Paterson.

The post-holders are the national voice on the Authorities, which have strategic responsibility for conservation, recreation, planning, access and resources.

Twelve new members have been appointed for four-year terms:

  • Broads Authority - Kelvin Allen and Peter Warner

  • Dartmoor - James Kidner and Naomi Oakley

  • Exmoor - Linda Blanchard

  • New Forest - Philip Marshall, Professor Alex Neill and Judith Webb

  • North York Moors - Sarah Oswald and Jeremy Walker

  • Peak District - Zahid Hamid

  • South Downs - Ian Phillips

Several existing members have also been re-appointed for terms ranging from one year to four years:

  • Broads Authority - Sholeh Blane

  • Dartmoor - David Lloyd and Ian Mortimer

  • Exmoor - Nicholas Holliday

  • New Forest - John Pemberton

  • Peak District - Suzanne Leckie and Christopher Pennell

  • South Downs - Margaret Paren OBE

  • Yorkshire Dales - William Weston

Additional information regarding the members listed will be made available on the individual Authority websites via:

For information about National Park Authorities, including appointments, visit:

Published 28 March 2013