Chief Executive Officer

Peak District National Park Authority

Bakewell, Derbyshire

  • Location

    Bakewell, Derbyshire

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £88,985 - £94,546 (depending on experience) plus attractive benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    28 February 2022

  • Client

    Peak District National Park Authority

Ref: GSe81760






Becoming Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority may be the most exciting, challenging and fulfilling job you ever contemplate in your career.

The Peak District National Park was the first of Britain’s 15 National Parks to be created and is enjoyed by millions, looking for both adventure and a breathing space to escape. It is an upland landscape of rugged moorland, limestone dales and small farming communities, home to a variety of important wildlife as well as precious habitats like peat bog, vital in tackling climate change. It is also the UK’s most accessible National Park, due to its proximity to four major cities and as such is a major tourist destination.

With 250 staff and 1,200 volunteers, our Chief Executive is accountable for a budget of circa £13m and a demanding range of responsibilities. As principal strategic policy adviser to the Authority, the CEO leads the delivery of the Authority’s strategic, policy and management objectives, ensures the efficient and effective delivery of services and management of resources, and – in everything – provides inspirational leadership for the whole Authority team. Our Chief Executive also ensures that we maintain and develop positive and constructive relationships with our wide range of partners and stakeholders, making sure we deliver locally but contribute nationally to the challenges of reversing nature’s decline and tackling climate change. As a pioneering National Park, we want to be at the forefront of responding to the bold new future for protected areas, as anticipated by the Government’s Landscapes Review.

To succeed in this role, you will need to show you appreciate why National Parks are important places, for natural habitats and wildlife, for local communities and businesses, for visitors and for the whole nation. You will need to bring a track record of successful, values-led leadership, which inspires passion, trust and confidence, and which enables you to balance the demands of strategic vision with operational delivery, using resources efficiently and effectively. Politically astute, you will need to be confident working with diverse partner organisations and stakeholders to find solutions to challenging issues and be able to be a convincing ambassador for us, representing the Authority’s position credibly in local and national arenas, including the media. You will also need to be commercially astute, confident managing complex budgets with multiple funding streams and be creative and innovative as you secure maximum value from our resources.

This is a role that calls for passion, energy and agility. The Peak District National Park is important, and our job is to speak up and care for it for all to enjoy forever. If that sounds like you and you want to help us make that happen, we want to hear from you.

To find out more, please contact our recruitment advisers for an informal and confidential discussion:

The closing date for applications is midday (12:00pm) on Monday 28 February 2022.


Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Peak District National Park Authority is committed to equal opportunities. We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midday (12:00pm) on Monday 28 February 2022

Long listing
Thursday 10th March 2022

Preliminary interviews
w/c 14th and 21st of March 2022

Short listing
Friday 1st April 2022

w/c 11th April 2022

Final panel
Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 April 2022

How to Apply


  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email