Public appointment: Member appointed to Cairngorms National Park Authority Board

Public appointments news release

The Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity today announced the appointment of Duncan Miller as a Member of the Cairngorms National Park Authority Board.


Duncan Miller is a fourth generation Strathspey farmer. He has lived in the Cairngorms National Park for most of his life. Duncan Miller has a keen interest in sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices that can help boost biodiversity and cut down on a farm's carbon footprint. On his farm, he has been working with a conservationist to see if changing some farming practices can help increase biodiversity on the farm and also help maintain or boost the farm’s profitability. Duncan Miller is keen on finding solutions that can be a win for biodiversity, a win for the environment and a win for farm profitability.


This appointment will be for 4 years and will run from 9 November 2023 to 8 November 2027.

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £228.67 per day for a time commitment of 36 days per year.

Other ministerial appointments

Duncan Miller does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.   

Duncan Miller has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Cairngorms is the UK’s largest national park at 4,528 sq km (6% of Scotland’s land mass) and is home to one quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species. Around 18,000 people live in the National Park across the areas of Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray, Perth and Kinross, with two million visitors enjoying this special place every year.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority was set up to ensure that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms – both the natural environment and the local communities – are cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy. The Park Authority leads the collaboration needed to deliver all four aims of the park, providing leadership to all those involved in the Cairngorms and working in partnership with a range of communities, businesses, non-government organisations and public sector partners to deliver practical solutions on the ground.

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