President and Vice Presidents



Dame Fiona Reynolds - President






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Bella Hardy - Vice President

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2014.

Born in Edale, Bella has a great sense of belonging, and pride, from being from the Peak District. She says "The hills, the views, and the people; the whole feeling travels with me wherever I find myself, influencing my music. I'm honoured to be a vice president for the Friends, to be able to share this love of the Peaks, and support their good work".


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Lady Estelle Morris - Vice President

Estelle is a former teacher, Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Education. She continues to work in politics and education and has a home in the Peak District. As such she is a keen supporter of the work of Friends of the Peak District.




Julia Bradbury - Vice President

Julia's love of the countryside is clear from her work presenting the BBC's Countryfile, Railway Walks and Wainwright's Walks series. Julia went to school in Sheffield and says her outdoor career began in the Peak District, when her father brought her out for walks from the age of six.

"It's our duty to look after and appreciate the countryside. I'm delighted to support the work of Friends of the Peak District, who are trying to make sure it remains beautiful forever." Julia

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Simon Groom - Vice President

Simon presented Blue Peter for eight years. Since then he has worked as an award-winning documentary film director and producer. Simon and his wife Gilly also farm 170 acres at Dethick, near Matlock. They keep traditional breeds such as Hereford cattle and Jacob sheep, have a higher level stewardship agreement with Natural England, and run bed and breakfast.


Anne Robinson - Vice President

As well as being our tireless and brilliant transport campaigner, Anne has been vice-president since 2007. She is also chair of the Campaign for National Parks, and vice-chair of the national charity; the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Anne was chair of Friends of the Peak District from 2002 - 2007.



Jack Burling - Vice President

Jack was our chair between 1999 and 2002. He has also been chair of the Sheffield Campaign for Access to the Moorlands, Area Footpath Secretary of the Ramblers Association in South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire, and a member of the Open Spaces Society's executive committee.



John Tarn - Vice President

John has strong links with the Peak District as he was vice-chair of the Peak District National Park Authority in the eighties, and also lectured at the University of Sheffield. John was chair in architecture, and pro-vice chancellor of Liverpool University and has received many academic honours plus an OBE for his services to architecture.