The chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority is standing down after 11 years in the job.
Jim Dixon will formally finish onNew Year’s Eve to move onto new roles outside the park.
He said: “I have reached a point in my career where I wish to take up new opportunities and fresh challenges. I
“ am not retiring, I am expanding my experience beyond national parks.”
“Thirty years ago my first job was picking up litter as a countryside ranger.
“I’m now chief executive of Britain’s first national park. The next step for me is to move up to non-executive advisory roles.”
Coun Lesley Roberts, authority chairman, said Mr Dixon had been ‘an excellent chief executive’ who has ‘contributed to the significant improvements in how the national park has been managed in the last decade’.
Coun Roberts said: “Mr Dixon has continued to manage the park in the pioneering spirit that is its reputation.”