Parish councillor Nick Thwaite has been appointed to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority by the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman.
Mr Thwaite, 43, who lives in Long Preston with his partner Clare, was born in Conistone Cold, near Skipton and comes from a farming family.
Educated locally, he decided working full time on the family farm at Coniston Cold and Long Preston was not for him and went into the transport industry. He is now a self-employed contractor, working part-time as an instructor for Land Rover Experience and based at Coniston Hall.
In addition, he works in the TV and entertainment industries as an HGV driver and rigger and has worked at such events as the Isle of Wight Festival, the Leeds Festival, the Cork Festival and more recently for Skysports.
Nick’s hobbies include clay pigeon shooting – he is a qualified instructor and member of Clay Pigeon Shooting Association – and mountain biking.
In his public life he is a trustee of the Hartley Trust at Hartley School in Long Preston and he has been a member of Long Preston parish council since 2006, holding the Chair since 2008.
He replaces Wilf Fenten.
The Authority also has two new Member Champions, whose job is to represent and promote their particular area internally and externally.
Professional historian Roger Bingham becomes Member Champion for Conservation of the Natural Environment while Stuart Parsons is the new Member Champion for Promoting Understanding.
Roger was born at Milnthorpe and educated at Milnthorpe and Heversham Primary and Grammar Schools before going on to Cambridge and other universities.
He has been councillor for Lower Kentdale on Cumbria County Council for more than 12 years and is a founder member of the Holme & District History Society.
Stuart was born and bred in Richmond, North Yorkshire, attending Richmond School and completing his education at University College London.
Following university he moved to France for a year and became director of a hotel, then became operations HR manager for the EuroDisneyland theme park.
Since returning to Richmond, he has been a member of Richmond Town Council, Richmondshire District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.