THE North York Moors National Park Authority has appointed a new chief executive.

Tom Hind is joining the authority from the Agricultural & Horticultural Development Board, where he worked as a chief strategy officer.

Starting in September, Tom hopes to bring leadership experience, strategy development and commitment to outdoor recreations and nature.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed as the new chief executive of such a respected organisation,” said Tom.

“Growing up in Yorkshire and enjoying the tranquillity of the National Park as a visitor - this means a great deal to me on both a personal and professional level.

“I believe I can bring valuable experience and passion to the National Park Authority, not only in terms of land management policy, but also in working in partnership with other stakeholders and government.

“The breadth of the role, the chance to build on my leadership experience and a sense of purpose that connects with what I love out of work are all very powerful motivations for me and I cannot wait to get started.”

The new appointment marks the retirement of one of the authority’s longest serving staff, Andy Wilson.

Starting his role in 2000, Andy has seen the authority through many challenges, including the foot and mouth outbreak, austerity, the potash mine application and the current coronavirus pandemic.

“We are much indebted to Andy and he is a hard act to follow,” said Jim Bailey, chairperson of the National Park Authority.

“Nevertheless, the members’ selection panel were impressed by Tom’s strategic talent and energy.

“The level of research work was very impressive and his knowledge of business and land use issues will be valuable in the changing times ahead.

“It’s not about knowing all the answers right now, of course we don’t.

“However, I am very confident of his commitment to finding the best answers for the good of the National Park and for all who care for future of the North York Moors.”

“I wish Tom all the very best working for this wonderful place; it’s great to know there is such a talented person taking over.”