Carl Lis, the chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, has been elected chairman of the organisation that represents the country's 15 national parks.
The UK Association of National Park Authorities
(UKANPA) aims to promote the national parks as beacons for sustainable development, to raise the profile, understanding and relevance of these protected landscapes, to facilitate training and development opportunities for national park authority members and staff, and to foster closer working with the growing UK and international family of protected landscapes.
said: "It's a real privilege to have been elected as chair of ANPA, which is a forum where all the national parks get together and promote the qualities of the UK's finest landscapes."
Born in Penrith, Cumbria, Carl Lis
has lived in Ingleton since 1982.
He is deeply involved in the local community and has been a member of Ingleton Parish Council for over 15 years, serving as Chairman for four of those years.
Since 1991 he
has been the elected Craven District Councillor for the Ingleborough Ward, and was leader of the council for seven years in total, most recently 2003 to 2008.
He is chairman of Ingleton Primary School Governing body, Ingleton Rural Community Association, Ingleton Scout Executive, Ingleton Football Club, and Ingleton Theatre Group.
was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Years Honours for his
services to the communities of North Yorkshire.
He worked in the quarrying industry for 40 years and was manager of Ingleton Quarry for Hanson Aggregates for over 25 years.
He was appointed to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in 1996 and was chairman from 2004 to 2008.
was re-elected chairman in July, 2009.