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Clerk to the Board

  • Full time
  • £30,221 – £34,976
  • Grantown on Spey
  • Closing 13th February 2024

  • Advertised from 24th January 2024
  • 36 hrs per week; though part time hours of 32 p/w may be considered. Permanent Contract.


About Us:

The Cairngorms National Park (CNP) is the largest national park in the UK, covering 4500km2. It is also a place of sheer abundance, having more high mountain ground than anywhere else in the UK, the largest Caledonian forest, some of Scotland’s purest rivers and finest livestock rearing farmland. It is home to 25 percent of the UK’s rare and endangered species. It is a truly unique place to work, with our dedicated and passionate Corporate Services team who are committed to providing the highest quality people experience, every day. Furthermore, there is access to some of the most beautiful countryside straight from our Headquarters office door.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) was recognised as one of Scotland's top 10 flexible employers and listed in the UK’s Top 100 best not for profit companies to work for; we’re dedicated to both this fantastic landscape and our employees.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Clerk to the Board to join the CNPA to oversee the organisation and efficient delivery of all Board, Committee and governance meetings and events, including supervising other staff to plan, prepare and coordinate these meetings.


CNPA is an inclusive organisation and we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, relationship status, disability, age and social class. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, disabled and LGBTQ+ communities, as they are under-represented in the environment sector.

We are Disability Confident committed employer, if you are an applicant with disabilities who meets the essential requirements of the post, we will interview you. In all circumstances CNPA appoints on merit-based evidence the applicant supplies in meeting the essential criteria for the post.

The Role:

As the Clerk to the Board you will provide support to the Board including ensuring that papers and reports are of high quality and published within deadlines for statutory committees, which can involve influencing staff at a higher level to adhere to procedures regarding quality and deadlines. This means you should have great organisational and time keeping skills.

You will ensure that Board/Committee/Governance meetings and events are set up and delivered to a high standard, including overseeing other staff to deliver this where appropriate, and produce accurate and concise minutes which accurately record: complex, strategic-level information; the discussions around agenda items; and the actions of meetings meaning you will have a great eye for detail and develop good working relationships with other CNPA colleagues.

You will provide support to the convener and deputy as required including mailbox and diary management and responding to straightforward queries and requests and oversee the management of Board members’ calendars and diaries and forward plan a schedule of events/committees. Affording you the opportunity to understand the administration of the National Park Authority.

So, if you are keen to be the Clerk to the Board, to oversee the organisation and efficient delivery of all Board, Committee and governance meetings and events, including supervising other staff to plan, prepare and coordinate these meetings and you can display the skills and experience listed here, this is the role you’ve been waiting for.

CNPA Benefits:

  • Civil service pension scheme
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 days with service, plus Public Holidays
  • Professional development
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Use of pool cars

About You:

To be considered as our Clerk to the Board, you’ll need:

  • Experience of working in an administrative or PA support role in a busy customer focused environment;
  • Must be able to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner;
  • Working knowledge of office information systems, including the ability to produce statistical and management information when required;
  • Must have an in-depth knowledge of Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint;
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to work pro-actively to manage any issues which may arise.
  • Good Communication and Interpersonal skills, and experience of writing minutes of meetings;
  • Computer and IT literate; and,
  • Flexible approach to working patterns some weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Permission to work in the UK

Knowledge of the Gaelic language would be beneficial to your application.

Application notes

To apply, please visit our website.

Please note, we do not accept Curriculum Vitae (CV).

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Closing Date: 23:59pm, Tuesday 13 February 2024

Interview Date: Thursday 22 February 2024