Mark Cunliffe Lister, Earl of Swinton
Mark is a born and bred Yorkshireman and was elected Chair of the Moorland Association in April 2020 having been a member of the Board for 3 years.
Mark qualified with and MSc in Geophysics from Imperial College, London and worked in oil and mineral exploration on mainly overseas projects. In 2000 he and his wife Felicity returned to Swinton, near Ripon in North Yorkshire and bought back the family home, Swinton Park. This was then refurbished and opened as a hotel, which has since been expanded.
In 2006 Mark inherited the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate including 8000 acres of heather moorland, 2000 acres of woodland and majority of the farms are upland sheep farms. Since then Mark and Felicity have worked towards creating a fully sustainable enterprise with Swinton Park at its centre. Other activities on offer include a clay pigeon ground, Fishing School and Birds of Prey Centre. The estate straddles Nidderdale AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, acclaimed for its landscapes and wildlife and Swinton Estate is proud to play its part in their conservation and public awareness.
Mark takes a keen interest in both the local community and promoting the wider policy aspects of maintaining a sustainable land-based upland community. This includes setting up the Mashamshire Community Office, sitting on Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, he is President of Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust and Chairman of CLA Forestry and Woodlands committee.