The Chair of National Parks England is elected from 8 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 Neil Heseltine, Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Our Vice Chair is Vanessa Rowlands, 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 8 National Park Authorities, and regular collaborative working is maintained.

Jayne Butler, Executive Director

Deborah Brookes, Strategic Engagement Manager

Wendy Totts, Executive Assistant