The Peak District National Park has announceed that Jim Dixon, its chief executive for the last 11 years, is to resign.
Lesley Roberts, chair of the Peak District National Park, said: “Jim has been an excellent chief executive and has contributed to the significant improvements in how the national park has been managed in the last decade.
“Jim has continued to manage the national park in the pioneering spirit that is the Peak District National Park’s reputation.”
Mr Dixon said: “I have reached a point in my career where I wish to take up new opportunities and fresh challenges. The time feels right for me to make the move and concentrate on my portfolio of activities in consultancy, media, and non-executive senior roles. I am not retiring, I am extending my experience beyond national parks.
“Thirty years ago my first job was picking up litter as a countryside ranger, I am now CEO of Britain’s first national park. The next step for me is to move up to non-executive advisory roles.”
Mr Dixon will formally finish his role on December 31. The recruitment process for a replacement chief executive will begin immediately with the intention to advertise in the next few weeks. More information will be available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk in the coming weeks.