A HUDDERSFIELD man is hoping to do his bit for Yorkshire on the National Trust council.
John Clarkson, of Emley, is one of 20 candidates keen to take up one of the seven available posts on the National Trust Council at the forthcoming election.
The former Kirklees Council deputy manager only joined the trust this year and is already hoping to make a his mark.
He said: “I am the only candidate from Yorkshire and I really hope that I make it on to the national council. There are people from all over the country and some places even have several representatives.
“I am really passionate about land, property and historic buildings and feel very strongly about the retention of our sites. I think its incredibly important that we are investing in property and ensuring that these lovely buildings are going to be around for the next 100 years or so.
“If I was able to get this voluntary position, I feel as though I would be able to give something back and make a valuable contribution. We have some great heritage sites within Huddersfield – St George’s Square is fantastic as is Emley clock tower and Briar Court in Lindley.”
John is a keen walker and enjoys exploring the town’s beautiful landscape including Marden Moor.
The Emley man has 38 years working in local government having joined Kirklees Council in 1974. He worked as a protocol manager and oversaw two teams who dealt with land and property.
Having taken voluntary severance on April 1 this year, father-of-one John is now excited to be getting involved in new projects, having also taken on a new charity role with Emley Football Club.
Some of the candidates he stands against have been members of the National Trust for up to 50 years.
But he said that hasn’t put him off the job.
He said: “One of the motivating factors in wanting to take on this role is the fact that it is likely to be very interesting and exciting.
“I don’t know what the role will entail but I like the prospect of getting involved. If you don’t try you will never know.”