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John Lambert took up the role of our Chair on 1st November, succeeding Isabella Stone, who held the job for three years. John has been a Board Member for the last year, having previously been Chairman of the Save Longstone Edge Group. John is a former Senior Civil Servant, and was the first Director of the Sheffield First Partnership in the 1990s. He has lived in the Peak District for nearly 30 years.

On his appointment, John said, "It is a particular privilege to be taking up this role in our 90th Anniversary year. We played a key role in establishing both Green Belts and the Peak District National Park, and there is important work to be done in protecting our precious and much valued countryside against over-development. At a time when our Northern Cities are rightly getting their act together it is important that we regard our countryside as a priceless asset rather than as an obstacle to improved communications."