New leader sought for leading Lakes partnership

Published on: 20 Jul 2017

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The influential organisation behind the Lake District’s successful bid for World Heritage Status is looking for a new leader.

Lord Clark of Windermere is stepping down as chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership in October and the search is on for a successor.

During his 10-years at the helm of a group of 25 leading organisations, the distinguished politician and former chairman of the Forestry Commission has seen a string of achievements.

He explained: “Our aim of being an inspirational example of sustainable development in action has been certainly exemplified with this month’s UNESCO World Heritage status announcement.

“We have achieved a lot, but there is much more for the partnership to do. I would urge dynamic leaders able to command the respect of all key sectors working in the national park to consider this incredibly diverse and worthwhile role.”

Established in 2006, the partnership celebrated 10-years working together last year and has a clear vision of actions for the next decade.

Lake District National Park’s director of sustainable development, Steve Ratcliffe, said the importance of the partnership and its chairperson could not be overestimated.

He added: “We’re in a period of significant challenge and opportunity and need a committed, passionate and gifted individual to take over the reins.

“We are faced with an uncertain future for farming, a need to adapt to the challenges of climate change, adjust to changes in tourism trends and secure a living, working landscape.  Now, more than ever, is the time for partnership working.”

“The next decade will see a step change in delivery, where we will be working on new funding streams through visitor giving and charitable donations.

“We also want to work together more effectively to safeguard our special qualities and outstanding universal values to benefit communities, visitors and businesses.”

Steve paid tribute to the ‘sterling service’ of Lord Clark and said although the chair’s role was not salaried, expenses were paid and it was a unique and hugely beneficial position.

Further information on

Steve Ratcliffe can be contacted on 01539 792622 for a formal discussion and the closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, August 14. Photo shows working in partnership at Claife Station in Windermere.

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