Cairngorms National Park Authority

To be an outstanding National Park, enjoyed and valued by everyone, where nature and people thrive together.
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http://www.cairngorms.co.uk

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Employees at Cairngorms National Park Authority work amid a spectacular landscape, made up of lochs, moorland and mountains. The authority is responsible for Britain's largest national park, making up almost 1.5 square miles in the Scottish Highlands.

The area is home to wildlife, including reindeer, wildcats, red squirrels, ospreys and eagles. The authority was set up in 2003 to ensure that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms — the natural environment and the local communities — are cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy.

It 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.

The organisation places importance on staff training and, on top of appraisal-led training, staff can spend three days a year joining volunteering activities in the park as part of the John Muir Award scheme for conservation or environmental work, or shadowing colleagues on other teams. Staff are also encouraged to make suggestions to managers on how to improve ways of working.

Chief Executive, Grant Moir, says: "Engaging and listening to the employees of the park authority is important to help us understand staff issues, deliver our mission and ensure that we are always improving as an organisation. How we work together as a team is crucial to how we help deliver for the national park and I always want to hear of ways we can get better and also build on what already works."

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My Team

81% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

All directorates have at least one "away day" for further learning and team building. Past events have included an escape room and visiting a local outdoor centre that is committed to "access for all" and provides a range of accessible and affordable accommodation, meaning staff could learn about the challenges involved in this sector.
Wellbeing

63% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The authority was one of the first public sector organisations to introduce a Menopause Support Policy, in March 2019. It provides support mechanisms such as line managers being willing to have open discussions about menopause and adjusting working times. All female staff over 40 are invited to join the Menopause Support Group.
Leadership

71% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Senior management are approachable and receptive to new ideas, demonstrated by the Make a Difference scheme, which encourages staff to come up with suggestions for new and innovative ways of doing things.
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81% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

All directorates have at least one "away day" for further learning and team building. Past events have included an escape room and visiting a local outdoor centre that is committed to "access for all" and provides a range of accessible and affordable accommodation, meaning staff could learn about the challenges involved in this sector.
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63% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

The authority was one of the first public sector organisations to introduce a Menopause Support Policy, in March 2019. It provides support mechanisms such as line managers being willing to have open discussions about menopause and adjusting working times. All female staff over 40 are invited to join the Menopause Support Group.
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71% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Senior management are approachable and receptive to new ideas, demonstrated by the Make a Difference scheme, which encourages staff to come up with suggestions for new and innovative ways of doing things.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2003
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
43
Employee average age
47% : 53%
Male : Female employee ratio
35%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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Engaging and listening to the employees of the Park Authority is important to help us understand staff issues, deliver our mission and ensure that we are always improving as an organisation. How we work together as a team is crucial to how we help deliver for the National Park and I always want to hear of ways we can get better and also build on what already works.

Grant Moir, Chief Executive - Cairngorms National Park Authority

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