A senior Environment Agency official has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority.
Sarah Fowler, who is currently head of field services at the Environment Agency, is to take over the job at the end of January.
She is replacing Jim Dixon, who is resigning from the job after being in the position since 2003.
Sarah said: “I am pleased to have been asked to become chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority.
“Nestling at the heart of the country, the Peak District is a truly inspiring place. I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to lead the dedicated staff of the National Park, who are its guardians. I look forward to hearing from those who live in, work in and visit the National Park for their views on how, together, we can continue to care for this precious place now and for the future.
“I bring absolute passion and commitment for the communities of the Peak District National Park and I believe I bring empathy and awareness of the challenges facing the National Park, given the current public sector financial environment.
“I am looking forward to establishing good working relationships with all the National Park’s partners and am keen to get out and about to meet staff across the 555 square miles it covers.”
Peak District National Park Authority chairwoman Coun Lesley Roberts said: “I am delighted to be able to confirm that Sarah will be joining us as the new chief executive.
The recruitment process has been rigorous and I am grateful for the work of the panel, staff and our advisors to help us reach this decision which was unanimously agreed by members on Friday, December 5.”