A former politician has been named as Honorary President of Northumberland National Park Foundation.
Baroness Joyce Quin has been appointed to the role by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in recognition of her passion for the National Park and the wider environment of the North East.
Within the role, she will act as an advocate for the independent charity, which was set up earlier this year to promote, assist and encourage the protection, conservation and enhancement of Northumberland National Park and its surrounding areas.
Baroness Quin said: “Northumberland National Park is an exceptional asset to our region and to the whole country. I’m proud to be able to support the work of the Foundation as it strives to safeguard the future of the unspoilt landscape in the Park and Northumberland.
“We are immensely lucky to have such a space on our doorstep and securing the rich heritage and culture of that part of rural Northumberland is vitally important for future generations. I look forward to working with the Foundation and its Trustees to ensure we do just that.”
Baroness Quin has enjoyed a long and varied political career which started in 1979 when she served as MEP for Tyne and Wear for 10 years. She was then elected as MP for Gateshead East in 1987.
Following boundary changes, she represented Gateshead East and Washington West from 1997 until she stepped down in 2005. In 2006, she accepted a life peerage and took the title of Baroness Quin of Gateshead. Her North-Eastern roots are reflected in her local interests. She is a long-serving volunteer tourist guide for Newcastle and is also President of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society.
She joins the Foundation, which is led by a number of local trustees, at an exciting time as it begins to explore opportunities for a range of initiatives within the National Park. The charity aims to support activities that enhance the protection or conservation of the natural or historic environment.
Other key focusses will include volunteering, education and learning opportunities for people of all ages, vocational training courses, research, and activities that open up the Park for an even wider range of people to enjoy.
Chairman of the Foundation, Antony Braithwaite, said: “We are very pleased that Joyce Quin has accepted our invitation to be the Foundation’s President. Her influential position in the North East and her passion for its environment will help us tremendously.”
Northumberland National Park Foundation is working alongside a range of philanthropic partners – including trusts, organisations and individuals – who are equally passionate about Northumberland National Park and the environment.
Initially, the Foundation will help to raise the remaining capital that is needed to ensure The Sill – Northumberland National Park Authority’s flagship National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed, Hadrian’s Wall – reaches its full potential.
The Foundation will work closely with and support Northumberland National Park Authority’s good work, but as an independent charity, it will build a network of supporters and choose initiatives to support right across the Park and beyond.