Cairngorms National Park

The snowy mountains of Cairngorms

Park Authority Board

The role of the Park Authority board is to agree long term objectives for the National Park through the National Park Partnership Plan and to set the priorities of work for the Park Authority.

Board members play an important role in representing the National Park and Park Authority by acting as ambassadors for the Park.(Gaelic version)

19 Members make up the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) Board:

  • 7 members appointed by Scottish Ministers
  • 5 members are elected locally (1 position is currently vacant)
  • 7 members are nominated by the 5 councils in the Cairngorms National Park: Highland (2), Aberdeenshire (2), Moray (1), Angus (1), Perth & Kinross (1)

The members normally serve between 18 months and 4 years and are currently paid a day rate of £205.38 per day for 3 days per month. All Board members serve on the CNPA Planning Committee.

Bòrd Stiùiridh Ùghdarras na Pàirce

Is e dleastanas Ùghdarras na Pàirce ach aonta a ruighinn air amasan na Pàirce Nàiseanta thar an fhad-ùine tro Phlana Com-pàirteachail na Pàirce Nàiseanta agus cuideachd air na prìomhachasan airson obair an Ùghdarrais.

Tha buill a’ bhùird-stiùiridh le dleastanasan cudromach aca a thaobh riochdachadh na Pàirce Nàiseanta ’s an Ùghdarrais is iad nan tosgairean às leth na Pàirce.

Tha 19 buill air bòrd-stiùiridh Ùghdarras Pàirc Nàiseanta a’ Mhonaidh Ruaidh (CNPA):

  • 7 buill air am fastadh le Ministearan na h-Alba
  • 5 buill air an taghadh bhon sgìre
  • 7 buill air an cur air adhart bho na còig ùghdarrasan ionadail sa Phàirc: Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd (2), Comhairle Siorrachd Obar Dheathain (2), Comhairle Mhoireibh (1), Comhairle Aonghais (1), Comhairle Pheairt is Cheann Rois (1)

Tha buill, san àbhaist, air a’ bhòrd bho 18 mìosan gu 4 bliadhna is a’ faighinn £205.38 san là ’son trì là sa mhìos. Tha na buill uile a’ frithealadh Comataidh Planaidh an CNPA.


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Who are the CNPA Board?

Peter Argyle Peter Argyle is Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority board. He has been a Councillor since May 1999 and is Ward Councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside. He was Chair of the Infrastructure Services Committee and the Scrutiny and Audit Committee. He previously served on the CNPA Board from March 2003 until September 2004 and was reappointed in March 2009. He became Convener of the Board in September 2015. He is a Director of Mid Deeside Limited. Nominated by Aberdeenshire Council and approved by the Minister.


BoardRebeccaBadger Rebecca Badger lives in Carr-Bridge with her family and is passionate about protecting, enhancing and enjoying the natural environment of the National Park. Becky works part time as an environmental economist for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and is involved in SEPA’s work to take account of the benefits (or ecosystem services) the environment provides to people. Becky has an undergraduate degree in Ecological Science from Edinburgh University, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Newcastle University and a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from Aberdeen University. In the past, she has worked as Agriculture Policy Officer for RSPB Scotland and for the Scottish Parliament in the Information Centre (SPICe), where she was responsible for briefing MSPs and Parliament Committees on rural affairs and environment issues. Directly elected to Ward 3.

AngelaDouglas1Angela Douglas is a Chartered Forester with over 22 years professional forestry and environment skills, knowledge and experience. She has benefited from working across each of the private, public and third sectors, often in partnership. Angela is skilled at working constructively with others across operational, policy, relationship development, fundraising, communication and engagement work. She established her own independent forestry and environmental business ‘A Douglas Consultancy’ in 2010, having previously been Scotland Director for the Woodland Trust for 12 years and managing a very varied 21,000 acre estate. Ministerial appointment.


Paul EastoPaul Easto was appointed to the board during 2014. Paul is co-founder and director of Wilderness Scotland – an adventure and tourism business based in the Cairngorms National Park and operating throughout the Highlands and Islands. Prior to starting Wilderness Scotland in 2002, Paul worked as a planning and development consultant in Edinburgh and then South America with a youth development charity. In addition to his background in planning and environmental matters, he has 15 years experience in developing rural tourism and managing a successful and growing international business. Ministerial appointment.


Dave Fallows Board MemberDavid Fallows. Directly elected to represent Ward 1. He is a Highland Councillor and he sits on the Council’s Resources Committee. He chairs the Pensions Committee and is Vice Chair of the South Planning Applications Committee. He also chairs the Council owned Highland Opportunity Ltd and the ICT Re-provisioning Members Board. He is also a director of Highland Housing Alliance. He writes on, and photographs, the sport of shinty for the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald and is Chairman of the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists and Iona Gallery and a professional artist in his own right. His principal interest within the National Park is the delivery of housing that can be afforded, either to rent or purchase, and better paid jobs, for young people who might otherwise have to leave the area. Dave is Convener of the CNPA Audit & Risk Committee.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJeanette Gaul (Angus Council) represents the Kirriemuir and Dean Ward. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. As well as bringing her skills in personnel management, she has experience in working with community groups, organising community events, tourism and budget monitoring as well as a member of the Councils Scrutiny and Audit Committee. Heads up the Pride & Place Member Officer Group (MOG) within Angus working with all community groups on environment issues. Works with the Ranger Service based in Glen Doll. Nominated by Angus Council and approved by the Minister.



Janet HunterJanet Hunter has lived and worked in Strathardle for 16 years and has extensive knowledge of the unique nature of the Cairngorms as a skier and mountaineer. She has a degree in Geography and has an MSc in rural resources planning from Aberdeen University and background in economic development. She is involved in encouraging entrepreneurial growth within small rural communities in areas such as renewables, food and outdoor activities. She has developed communication strategies for a range of organisations and businesses. Janet also has extensive knowledge of the ski industry both in Scotland and abroad and speaks several languages.  Ministerial appointment.



Portrait of Kate Howie, Cairngorms National Park Authority board memberCllr Kate Howie was elected to the Highland Ward of Perth & Kinross Council in February 2008. As a Director of Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership her focus is on the empowerment of communities and to help them develop and flourish. Ms Howie previously had an Army career where she developed strong leadership and communication skills, gained experience in human resources and managing public funds, as well as expertise in transportation and logistics. She has a keen interest in the language and dialects of Scotland and is the Convenor of the Scots Language Centre.
Nominated by Perth & Kinross Council and approved by the Minister.



GregorHutcheon1Gregor Hutcheon, a resident of Strathdon on the eastern fringes of the National Park, brings nearly 20 years of experience of the environmental, heritage and voluntary sectors. A graduate of Aberdeen University, he has recently returned to Aberdeenshire after a varied career championing the countryside and wider environment and its role in underpinning our quality of life. This included stints with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the National Trust. He brings knowledge of rural business development, planning and land use. Ministerial appointment.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJohn Latham (Aberdeenshire Council), represents the Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford Ward. He was born in Aberdeen and brought up on Deeside. He served as a countryside ranger for 27 years. Latterly he was the senior ranger with Aberdeenshire Council, covering the Aberdeenshire part of the National Park. He worked closely with the Cairngorms Partnership and subsequently with the Cairngorms National Park Authority. He brings practical and professional experience in visitor management, conservation and ecology to the National Park Authority.  Nominated by Aberdeenshire Council and approved by the Minister.


Bill LobbanBill Lobban (Highland Council) is Vice-Convener of Highland Council and an elected Member for the Badenoch and Strathspey ward. He has lived and worked in Aviemore for over 30 years and gained an in-depth knowledge of the area. He cares passionately for the area and has a strong interest in ensuring local communities in the National Park are fully involved in the decision making process. Nominated by Highland Council and approved by the Minister.



EleanorMackintosh-DEleanor Mackintosh was elected for Ward 4 and is Convener of the Planning Committee. She lives in Glenlivet and helps at home on the farm having previously been a financial adviser with the Clydesdale Bank. She serves on various community groups. Directly elected to represent Ward 4.





OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFiona Murdoch (Moray Council) is the member for the Speyside-Glenlivet ward which includes the Tomintoul and Glenlivet part of the Park. A keen hillwalker, she is a member of both the Moray and Cairngorms access forums. Fiona is a farmer’s daughter from Banffshire and had a career in journalism and small business before joining Moray Council in 2007. Nominated by Moray Council and approved by the Minister.


WilliamMcKenna-DWilliam McKenna was elected for Ward 2. He worked locally in the skiing business for over 20 years and was a part-time ranger on the Rothiemurchus Estate. He is currently involved with Aviemore Community Company and CRAGG (Cairngorms Rothiemurchus and Glenmore Group) as a member of the community association. Directly elected to represent Ward 2.



gordonridler1Gordon Riddler is a resident of Ballater, a graduate in Geology and Business Administration and a Chartered Engineer. His international career spans both the private and public sectors. He has served on boards of public listed companies and in senior management posts at the Natural Environment Research Council, engaging in technology research and development and geodiversity projects. He has been active fundraising in the voluntary sector for many years through membership of local organisations. Gordon is Deputy Convener of the CNPA Planning Committee. Ministerial appointment.



GregorRimell-DGregor Rimell has been Highland Councillor for Badenoch and Strathspey since 2003. He lives in Newtonmore. His particular interest is in how the separate communities of the National Park retain their identities, but come together to develop the Park as an internationally recognised destination.  Nominated by Highland Council and approved by the Minister.



OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJudith Webb has an environmental management and forestry background and has worked as a farm conservation adviser, and currently lectures part-time at UHI’s Scottish School of Forestry. She has worked across the UK, including for the Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) and was a partner in a farm based family business providing environmental consultancy and woodland management services. Judith brings a wide range of board experience from previous roles in public, private and third sector bodies, including as a Forestry Commissioner and as Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. She has chaired a number of advisory groups including Woodland Biodiversity, Wood-Pasture and Parkland, deer management best practice and the National Tree Safety Group. Judith led some of the first international Conservation Volunteer projects in Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park and in 2011 was awarded an MBE for her services to conservation. Ministerial appointment.

BrianWood1Brian Wood is Deputy Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority board. He retired following a 38-year career in secondary education. Brian initially taught physics at George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh and Mackie Academy, Stonehaven. He was then appointed Rector of Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk and for 16 years was Rector of Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen. For the past 30 years, Brian has been a Justice of the Peace and honorary Sheriff for Grampian, Highland and Islands regularly presiding in the JP courts in Stonehaven and Aberdeen. Brian is heavily involved in two major restoration projects in Braemar, namely Braemar Castle and the A listed St Margaret’s Church building. Brian brings expert knowledge in education and business management. Ministerial appointment.

Do you have any other questions?

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For enquiries contact:  Alix Harkness, Clerk to the Board


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Airson barrachd fiosrachaidh: Alix Harkness, Clàrc a’ Bhùird