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New Board member for CNPA

4th December 2006

The Chief Executive of CairnGorm Mountain is joining the board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, Rhona Brankin MSP announced today that Bob Kinnaird will join the CNPA Board on Friday 1 December, filling the vacancy left by Andrew Thin who resigned to take up the position of Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage.

Mr Kinnaird lives in Kingussie and as well as being Chief Executive of CairnGorm Mountain, he is also a Director of the Aviemore and Cairngorm Destination Management Organisation, is a member of the Cairngorms National Park Tourism Forum and is Chair of the Scottish Tourism Innovation Group.  In addition, he is a qualified trainer of ski instructors and qualified mountaineering instructor.

Welcoming Bob Kinnaird to the CNPA board, Convener David Green said: “Bob’s appointment is excellent news for the Cairngorms National Park.  He brings to the board a wealth of experience in the tourism sector.  His role with CairnGorm Mountain over the years also means that he has first hand experience of the challenges faced in managing outdoor access and recreation while protecting and enhancing the environment.

“I’m sure all the board members and staff at the Park Authority look forward to working with Bob over the course of his term.”

Commenting on his appointment, Bob Kinnaird said: “I am pleased to be joining the CNPA board at this time.  I hope I can bring my experience of working with people to help support thriving and healthy communities in the Park, for both present and future generations.”

Of the 25 CNPA board members, ten are appointed by Scottish Ministers, ten are nominated by the four local authorities in the Park and five are elected by the public.