Tourism champion takes on new role

TOURISM champion takes on new role Gary Verity, champion of Yorkshire tourism, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund yorkshire and the Humber committee.

His first meeting will take place next month.

The organisation is made up of leading figures in the heritage sector across the region who are chosen for their experience and local knowledge.

Responsible for making decisions on regional applications to the fund from £50,000 to £1 million, the committee is supported by the regional lottery fund team for yorkshire and the Humber, who operate from Leeds.

Mr Verity, who lives on a working farm near Leyburn, and is an award-winning Dales sheep farmer, is well known for increasing Yorkshire’s popularity as a tourist destination. In joining the lottery fund committee in Yorkshire he will lead the six other members made up of local people.

He said: “It is an honour to have taken over as chairman of the Yorkshire Committee.

“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity and I consider it a privilege to hold the position and hope to follow the shining example set by my predecessor.”