A few years ago, his appointment would have caused controversy because he is manager of the Ingleton Quarry and many members of the park authority were bitterly opposed to quarrying in the national park.
His election a year ago was seen my observers as an example of a growing realisation that jobs were of vital importance to local working people or the park would be taken over almost entirely by wealthy retirees and weekend cottage owners - and quarrying is a major source of employment.
On the personal side, the councillor is an extremely popular figure. He is active in dozens of local organisations in the Ingleton area and, most years, plays Widow Twankie roles in the village's Christmas panto.
He commented on his first year in office: "We havew raised our game over the two issues that are crucial to the future well being and sustainability of our local communities - those of housing and access to services.
"We've gone way beyond mere rhetoric and the authority is now putting its influence and weight behind the initiatives within the local plan, in order to play our part in tackling these problems."