About NYMA  "Watchdogs of the North York Moors National Park, not lapdogs"  NYMA is a membership charity dedicated to safeguarding the landscape and culture of the North York Moors National Park and surrounding areas. We work with the National Park Authority to support development which respects the special character of the Moors while taking account of the needs of residents, working communities and visitors. 


Our vision is of a beautiful and diverse countryside, with thriving villages and market towns set in a landscape of farms and forestry balanced with unspoiled wild places. 
NYMA is a strong partner of the North York Moors National Park Authority. We scrutinise and influence planning applications for business developments in the National Park and campaign against inappropriate ones. We support sustainable means of transport, carry out projects which foster understanding of the history, culture and environment of the Moors, and encourage land-use policies that favour biodiversity and natural beauty. 


The North Yorkshire Moors Assocation was founded in May 1985 by Peter Walker, Derek Statham, Gerald McGuire and Don Tilley. There were 80 foundation members. 
NYMA has around 400 members and is run by an Executive Council of 13 people. The Council meets at least 4 times per year and the AGM is normally held in June. The 2019-20 Trustees' Report can be found here and our audited accounts here.  
NYMA is one of 12 societies nationally which support Britain's national parks, helping to protect their landscapes and biodiversity and campaigning for their wise management and recreational use. Overall, there are around 20,000 members in these societies, and regular joint meetings are held under the auspices of the Campaign for National Parks


Officers of NYMA 
President: Ian Carstairs OBE 
Chair: Adrian Leaman, Chair@nyma.org.uk 
Vice-Chair: George Winn-Darley 
Executive Secretary: Janet Cochrane, Secretary@nyma.org.uk 
Hon. Treasurer: Brian Pearce 
Membership Secretary: Cal Moore, Membership@nyma.org.uk 
'Voice of the Moors' Editor: Janet Cochrane, editor@nyma.org.uk 
Other Council Members: 
Tom Chadwick 
Raymond Clarke 
Albert Elliot 
Helen Gundry 
Dave Moore (Walks Coordinator) 
Tom Ratcliffe 
Colin Speakman 
Andy Wilson 
Elaine Wisdom 
The North Yorkshire Moors Association is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (no. 1169240). It achieved CIO status in 2016 and was formerly a registered charity (no. 517639). The Constitution can be viewed here
To contact any member of the Council, please use the email addresses shown or use the Contact form here. 
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