Peak District Partnership

The Peak District Partnership


The original purpose of the Peak District Partnership (PDP), formerly the Local Strategic Partnership for the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak, was to bring together organisations in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak to provide a single ‘voice’ for the area and focus collective effort on issues best tackled in partnership, adding value to the work of individual agencies.

Since 2012, the Partnership has been chaired by Dr. Peter Dewhurst, the University of Derby’s Commercial Director, supported by Vice-Chair, Neil Moulden, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service with Secretariat support from Derbyshire Dales District Council and High Peak Borough Council. 

The 2018 PDP Think Tank

In December 2018 the Partnership held its first annual forum in the shape of a Peak District ‘Think Tank’ event, bringing together key decision-makers from across the Peak District.  Delivered in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority, Business Peak District and Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, District Councils and hosted by the University of Derby at its Buxton Campus, the first think tank focused on the impact of demographic change on the Peak District from both an economic and health and wellbeing perspective, looking 15 years ahead.

The event comprised a series of short contributions from leading academics and sector representatives followed by roundtable discussions and a plenary session ahead of an opportunity to network over lunch.  The event was very well received and it was agreed to hold a similar event, focusing on a different theme at least annually.  The intention was for the think tank not to be seen as a talking shop and so a ‘key findings and call to action’ document was prepared from the key think tank findings and used in discussions with CEOs representing key agencies across the Peak District.

The Economy and Health and Wellbeing 'provocations' are available to download here: 


In August 2019 it was agreed that:

The work of the Peak District Partnership would in future be focused on the delivery of an annual think tank and follow-up actions;

  • The Executive team, comprising the Chair and officers from Derbyshire Dales CVS, Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council and Peak District National Park Authority are to meet during each year to plan the think tank and co-ordinate follow-up actions
  • All of the former Board members are to be invited to attend the annual think tanks at which the themes for future think tanks will be identified. 

The 2019/20 PDP Think Tank

 The 2019 think tank was scheduled for December 2019, but was postponed on account of the general election. It eventually took place on the 29th of January 2020 and had as its focus “the future proofing of the Peak District’s town centres in order to ensure they remain relevant to the communities they serve (including residents, businesses and visitors)”. The think tank was again launched by Lord Burlington and included provocations from some leading industry and academic experts (speaker biographies are included below). The think tank was very well attended and the lively discussions covered towns both surrounding and within the Peak District National Park boundary.

 The think tank had the following objectives:

  1. To provide a forum in which to explore the challenges and opportunities facing the town centres of the Peak District in meeting the future needs of local residents, businesses and visitors.
  2. To identify the solutions that could deliver future proofed town centres.
  3. The outputs from the event are to be included in a report that will be used to inform future decisions of key organisations across the Peak District.

 The key ‘provocations’ are available for download here:

The Call to Action document sets out the recommendations emerging from the Think Tank:
PDP Think Tank January 2020 - Call to Action [PDF]

Comments on the document are welcome and can be directed to:

The 2021 PDP Think Tank

The 2021 think tank, held on-line on 1 July 2021, centred on community collaboration in driving a social enterprise agenda as a vehicle for shaping the Peak District in the post-pandemic world. As we move cautiously towards an exit from repeated Covid-19 lockdowns and begin the process of economic rejuvenation, PDP partners and community organisations considered the part local communities across the Peak District can play in building sustainable social enterprises. The timeliness of the Think Tank was underscored by the launch of the Government’s £150m Community Ownership Fund which is geared to supporting local communities to “continue benefiting from local facilities, community assets and amenities”.

This year’s Think Tank had the following objectives:

  • To provide a forum in which to explore the opportunities and challenges likely to be faced by those seeking to establish community focused social enterprises within the Peak District.
  • To provide practical advice and tips for those looking to establish community focused social enterprises within the Peak District.
  • To identify a series of actions that can be taken to assist in building a Peak District based support infrastructure for those looking to establish community focused social enterprises.
  • To consider the opportunities that might arise via the Government’s £150m Community Ownership Fund.

The presentations and case studies from the event can be downloaded below:

Bev Parker, CEO Rural Action Derbyshire [PDF 1.16MB]
Charles Rapson, Director School for Social Entrepreneurs [PDF 976KB]
Georgina Edwards, Policy & Research Manager Plunkett Foundation [PDF 470KB]
Grindleford Community Shop Case Study [PDF 967KB]
Winster Village Shop Case Study [PDF 1.13MB]
The Green Estate Case Study [PDF: 926 Kb]

The workshop notes and Call to Action from the event will be uploaded over the Summer.