The Chair of National Parks England is elected from amongst the 10 National Park Authority Chairs each year. The Chair:

  • helps provide strategic direction to the organisation
  • chairs the National Parks England Board meetings
  • represents the Association at Ministerial and other high level meetings

The current Chair of National Parks England is Cllr Andrew McCloy, Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority. The Deputy Chair of National Parks England is Ian Phillips, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority.


National Parks England has a small central staff team based in London. The organisation gains expertise from the staff and members from the 10 National Park Authorities, and regular collaborative working is maintained.

Hoda Gray, Executive Director

Paul Hamblin, Senior Projects Officer

Lucy Hooper, Communications Officer

Rachael Middleton, Executive Assistant