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1 July 2015

In order to improve its work, Snowdonia National Park Authority is keen to increase the diversity of its members and ensure a better balance in terms of gender, age, disability and ethnicity and a better representation of various communities at the same time.

The Authority is governed by eighteen members. Of those, nine are Councillors appointed by Gwynedd Council, three are Councillors from Conwy County Borough Council and six Members appointed by the Welsh Government. However, the Authority believes that it is possible to increase the variety of members which in turn will lead to balanced decisions based on the needs of the communities they represent. As a result, a decision has been made to look for people who are 45 years old or younger, female, disabled or from an ethnic minority group to join a new Mentoring Programme.

On behalf of the Authority, Iwan Jones, Director of Corporate Services said,

"We are looking for people who are interested in the work of Snowdonia National Park Authority and would like to have more influence on the way it is run. By joining the Mentoring Programme, there will be an opportunity to understand more about Snowdonia National Park along with the work of the Park Authority, an opportunity to shadow a Member, in addition to receiving specific training and support. "

The Mentoring Programme will run for six months from September 2015 to March 2016 and successful applicants will be required to set aside 2 to 3 days per month in preparing and attending various committees and meetings of the Authority, as well as spending time with a personal mentor beforehand to discuss the agenda. If needed, training to improve IT skills can be provided as well as any other training, together with support and assistance by Authority officers. The Mentoring Programme also includes attending a 3 day residential course in September in Pembrokeshire.

For more details about the project, visit www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/authority/about-the-authority/member-mentoring-programme  or call the National Park Office for an informal conversation on 01766 770274.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Snowdonia National Park was designated in 1951 under the National Park and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
  2. Snowdonia National Park Authority was established by the Environment Act 1995 as a single purpose local authority to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage, and to promote understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public. In addition, the Authority has a duty to foster the economic and social wellbeing of local communities within the National Park.