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Would you like to help shape the future of the Northumberland Coast AONB?

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We are looking to recruit someone from the tourism sector to help guide our work.

The responsibility for championing the conservation and enhancement of the AONB lies with the AONB Partnership, which was formed in 2003. An important role for the Partnership is to oversee the production and implementation of a Management Plan to guide Northumberland County Council and other organisations in securing a sustainable future for the AONB and the people that live and work, and enjoy visiting, the area. Comprising of local people, representatives of statutory agencies and interest groups, the Partnership guides the policies of the council and the work of the staff team.  


There are four Special Interest Members on the Partnership, covering access and recreation, farming and land management, planning and economic development. A vacancy has arisen for a Special Interest Member, primarily someone with specialist knowledge of tourism, after Jeff Sutheran, a local businessman and former owner of St Cuthbert's House, North Sunderland, decided to step down at the beginning of the year.


Patrick Norris, Partnership Chair, said: “We are looking for people to apply who have a special interest in the area. Ideally, the new Special Interest Member will live or work in the AONB; what is essential is that they have specialist knowledge of the tourism industry in the area.”  


If you care about the future of the AONB and can spare three days a year to attend meetings, events and site visits – as well as attend meetings of the tourism working group - then the AONB Partnership would like to hear from you.  


The closing date is Monday 2 May 2022. To apply, please contact Iain Robson, AONB Manager, by email: or ring 07774 715744 for an informal chat


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