Willis captained England in 18 Tests and 29 one-day internationals before retiring in 1984.
He has since become a successful broadcaster, and worked for Sky Sports as part of their coverage of this summer's Ashes series.
Search under way for new Sheffield Council boss
The search has been launched for a new chief executive at Sheffield City Council following John Mothersole's announcement in October that he is retiring.
An interim chief executive has been selected, with Charlie Adan recommended to take over the role temporarily while the search goes on, the council says.
Mark Bennett, the authority's director of HR, said: "It is vital we appoint someone with the experience required for this role, providing a strong level of leadership and expertise in shaping and delivering member priorities within a large local authority organisation."
Mr Mason said: "I
know the organisation has been through a challenging period and I understand
the need for transparency going forward...I really can't wait to get started."
Peter Box, chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "This
is a new start for Welcome to Yorkshire and I’m very much looking
forward to working with James to build on the
organisation’s fantastic foundations."
Labour has promised an "investment blitz" across England to bring "wealth, power and prosperity" to communities.
The party launched regional manifestos for each part of the country on Friday, including pledges on transport, housing and jobs.
Each manifesto outlines plans for individual regions, with most of the pledges to be paid for by Labour's £250bn Green Transformation Fund - a pot of money raised through borrowing it promises to spend on projects to improve sustainability.
The pledges impacting on Yorkshire include:
Northern Powerhouse Rail - improving connections between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, and Newcastle, and cutting journey times
Nine plastics remanufacture and recycling sites - one for each region
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the announcement would "bring our country back together".
But Tory minister Jake Berry said it was "a clear distraction from Corbyn's failure to set out a Brexit plan".
The showers should ease this evening, leaving a dry night with long clear spells and a widespread frost:
Check your Yorkshire train journey
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If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, be aware that a fault with the signalling system between Marsden and Huddersfield is causing disruption to journeys between Stalybridge and Huddersfield, according to National Rail Enquiries.
Passengers are being warned that services may be cancelled, delayed or revised, with disruption expected to last until at least 10:00.
Otherwise in West Yorkshire:
The 08:18 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
The 08:38 York to Middlesbrough service has been cancelled
The 08:52 Leeds to Newcastle service has been cancelled
The 09:18 York to Newcastle service has been cancelled
For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:
Despite £12m being spent to speed up the police "101" call service in South Yorkshire, people are again waiting longer on the line, it's emerged.
A new non-emergency "Smart Connect" system was introduced a year ago and there was a big drop in waiting times for callers, but in recent months the delay has worsened, according to South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dr Alan Billings told a public meeting in Barnsley that demand remained high and the 101 service was too often being used for issues the police can do nothing about.
He said: "You would be astonished at how many there are. We have somehow got to educate people not to make these sorts of calls."