A North Yorkshire landowner with wide experience of the workings of national parks is to be the next national president of the countryside camping group, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
He is William Worsley of Hovingham Hall, near Malton. Although he has spent much of his life on the eastern side of the county, and is former committee member of the North York Moors National Park, his appointment will be welcomed in the Yorkshire Dales because both areas share similar problems.
He is at present vice president and executive chairman of the association, whose members own and manage half the rural land in England and Wales and whose membership was widened in recent years to include a diverse range of rural businesses. Since then, it has become one of the most effective lobbyist for rural interests.
Chairman of Scarborough Building Society, a director of the Brunner Investment Trust plc and patron of the Prince's Trust for North Yorkshire, he is also prominent in many countryside organizations including chairman of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and a member of the Forestry Commission's advisory panel.