Cairngorms National Park board seeking candidates for election

Residents of the Cairngorms National Park will go to the polls in March to elect five members to the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).
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The board is seeking to elect five new members and is looking for anyone who representative of those who live and work there, is passionate about the national park and wants to help to shape its future for the benefit of its communities and wildlife

Xander McDade is the current board convener, and is a Ministerial appointment who first joined the body in 2018.

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He said: “We’re keen to see candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences come forward. It’s a rewarding and varied role, offering people the chance to make a difference, working with partners to tackle critical issues that relate to its people, nature and places and ultimately address the climate and nature emergencies.”

Elections to the CNPA board are due to take place in March.Elections to the CNPA board are due to take place in March.
Elections to the CNPA board are due to take place in March.

The board guides the work of the Park Authority, ensuring that both the natural environment and local communities are cared for and sustained for current and future generations.

Directly elected members sit on the board for four years, serving alongside seven members who are appointed by the five local authorities covering the Park area and seven directly appointed by Scottish Government Ministers. To be considered , candidates must be over 21 years old but do not have to reside within the park boundary, with all members being paid for two to three days per month for their time.

Further information can be found at or by calling 01479 873535.