Commit to the Cairngorms National Park – Become a Board Member

Issued by Cairngorms National Park Authority

CNPA Election

CNPA Election

Are you passionate about the Cairngorms National Park and want to ensure that it is cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy? Then why not consider standing in the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) board elections in March 2019.

Park residents elect five members to the CNPA board, with their job being to guide the work of the Park Authority through three main areas of work: Conservation, Visitor Experience and Rural Development while ensuring the aims of the Park are being met.

Board Convener Xander McDade said: “The Cairngorms National Park is a truly special place. We have I8,000 people here, living alongside rare species, we have the highest and most massive mountain range in the UK and the biggest native forests. Our rivers and lochs are pristine and with outstanding recreational experiences, it’s no wonder it is a holiday destination for over 1.8 million visitors.

“Such a unique location needs special care and we are keen to see candidates coming forward for the forthcoming board elections that can demonstrate a passion for the Cairngorms National Park across all different sectors and interests. It is a varied and rewarding role and I would encourage anyone who has the two or three days a month to commit to the Park to stand as a candidate.”

Xander McDade

Xander McDade

The CNPA board guide the work of the Park Authority and make strategic decisions on how the CNPA contributes to delivering the aims of the Park, as well as acting as ambassadors representing the National Park and the CNPA. They also attend a variety of board and committee meetings, such as planning and finance, with the role being remunerated.

The Highland Council are managing the CNPA direct elections and information for potential candidates can be found on their website. There is also lots more information about the work of the Park Authority and what it’s like to be a board member on the CNPA website.  Alternatively for more information please call: 01479 873535.

Notes to editors

  1. The CNPA consists of 19 Board members: 5 directly elected by the eligible voters within the Park; 7 appointed on the nomination of the five local authorities; 7 directly appointed by Scottish Ministers.
  2. The Cairngorms National Park was established in 2003.  It is the UK’s largest national park at 4,528sq km The Park has four aims: to conserve and enhance the area’s natural and cultural heritage: promote sustainable use of the Park’s natural resources; promoting understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park (including recreation); and to promote sustainable economic and social development of local communities.
  1. The CNPA was set up to ensure that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms – both the natural environment and the local communities – are cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy.  The CNPA provides leadership  to all those involved in the Cairngorms and works in partnership with a range of communities, businesses, non government organisations and public sector partners to deliver practical solutions on the ground.



19 Dec 2018
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