Executive Board and SLT

Richard Leafe - Chief Executive

Richard Leafe Sat on a wall with Spring daffodils

Leads the Authority. Ensures the overall working of the Authority, that our external representation is professional, promotes us effectively and develops constructive partnerships and relationships that improve the national park for all. Ensures we have clear strategy, business plans, effective monitoring processes and financial management.

Background, particular interests and hobbies:

Born in Nottingham in 1965, educated in Nottingham at Fernwood Comprehensive School and Sheffield University, graduating with a BSc and MPhil in Geography.

Previously worked for English Nature and its successor Natural England in a variety of roles from coastal geomorphologist to Regional Director for the North West. Joined the Lake District National Park Authority in June 2007 as Chief Executive.

Hobbies include walking, climbing, fell running, cycling and skiing, all supporting a life-long passion for high places.

Follow Richard on Twitter at @LakesChief

Kerry Powell - Director of Communications and Resources

Kerry Powell

Develops, advises on and promotes innovative organisation management to support the delivery of the Authority's Business Plan. Directs Communications and Customer Engagement, Finance, Human Resources and Performance, Property, Legal, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Commercial Services teams.

Background, particular interests and hobbies:

Born and educated in Barrow in Furness, before gaining a degree in English from the University of York in 1994.

Kerry worked for 11 years with Warwickshire County Council, where she qualified as a chartered public finance accountant. She held numerous posts specialising in capital accounting, treasury management, best value and organisational performance. Prior to joining the National Park, Kerry was the Financial Services Manager for the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Kerry joined the Authority as Director of Finance in November 2004 before taking on a broader role as Director of Corporate Services in January 2006.

Kerry has two young children and a large and involved extended family. The small amount of time for other interests includes a bit of gardening, a bit of camping and chilling with a glass of wine!

Steve Ratcliffe - Director of Sustainable Development

Steve Ratcliffe

Leads the planning profession for the Authority. Advises on strategy and policies, facilitating the delivery of the Vision for the National Park. Committed to working with partners, having established the Lake District National Park Partnership. Directs Development Management, Park Management and Strategy and Partnerships.

Background, particular interests and hobbies

Born in North Wales and moved to the Lake District in 2005.

Having graduated as a planner, Steve spent the earlier part of his career at Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Interests include gardening, sea kayaking and canoeing, running, community life in Witherslack and being a family man.

Strategic Leadership Team

Our Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) report into the Executive Board, which this structure diagram shows