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Local Access Forum

Our Local Access Forum is an advisory group appointed by us. The Forum has thirteen members, including representatives from conservation, recreational groups, landowners and managers and one of our Board Members.


Meetings take place four times a year and there’s usually a site visit beforehand to look at a current access issue or a recreation and access project.

Agendas and papers for meetings are posted on this website three days before.

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If you’d like to get in touch with any of our Local Access Forum members, please email:

Chris Smith – joined our Access Forum in 2014 and lives in Fintry. Chris loves outdoor pursuits, in particular mountain biking, sailing, mountaineering and ski touring. He chairs the Management Committee of Rothiemurchus Lodge in the Cairngorm National Park.

Dr Paul Prescott – is a retired railway director who lives in Kilmahog. Paul is the Chairman of Callander Ramblers, the largest walking club in the National Park. Paul is also Chairman of Callander’s Countryside, a Director of Callander Community Development Trust and Chairman of Scottish Autism.

Grant Dolier – represents the Scottish Canoe Association. A full time outdoor practitioner Grant spends most of his time working within the Park on the water, in canoes and kayaks, but also on dry land, walking, biking and climbing.

 Bob Ellis (Vice Convener) A Perth & Kinross Councillor for the past nineteen years, Bob’s interests are sport, active recreation and the countryside. Bob also sits on P & K Outdoor Access Forum and is a Munro bagger and volunteer assessor with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Alasdair Eckersall – has worked for the National Trust for Scotland since 1992 as the Manager and Ranger for Ben Lomond. Alasdair’s work on Ben Lomond involves long-term conservation management, path repair and maintenance, working with volunteers, and interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the area.

Kevin FitzGerald – lives and works within the National Park. His businesses include Land & Property Management for two riparian owners and self-catering cottages. Kevin is also a qualified Clay Target Shooting Instructor. He loves cycling, hill walking and canoeing

Don Milton – (Convener). Don Milton represents the British Horse Society and is a keen hill walker.  He has been involved with access since the introduction of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Sue Riches – represents the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Sue is a keen walker, winter mountaineer, skier/ski tourer and regular National Park user. Sue is also a qualified Mountain leader. A strong supporter of the benefits of access for all, Sue is interested in the impacts of increased access on the Park.

Bob Sparkes – is a walker, back-packer, cyclist and dinghy sailor. Bob has been a member of our Local Access Forum and also the Stirling Local Access Forum, since 2007 representing Scotways. Bob is keen to promote outdoor activities for everyone in order to improve health and well-being.

Iain Wilkinson – is Rural Business Manager for Luss Estates Company, one of the largest landowners in the National Park.  Iain is very keen to promote access on the Estate and across the Park. Iain loves the outdoors including mountaineering, sea kayaking, mountain-biking and skiing.

Yvonne Boles – is a Conservation Officer for RSPB Scotland covering the National Park. Yvonne works with us on planning and conservation projects and also represents interests as a landowner.

Will Huckerby – has worked in Outdoor Recreation for Forestry Enterprise Scotland for over ten years representing the National Forest Estate. Will’s a passionate advocate of public access in association with wider land management, forestry and environmental protection.

Advisory members

Elaine Fotheringham – is a Planner with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. Access rights are closely linked to a range of sport and recreation interests. sportscotland’s advisory role makes sure that sport and recreation interests are given due consideration in the work of our Local Access Forum. sportscotland is also a full member of the National Access Forum.

PC Paul Barr – Paul has been a police officer for nineteen years, initially joining Central Scotland Police prior to the formation of Police Scotland.  He has been seconded to Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park since 2009 and is a trained Wildlife Crime Officer.  Whilst off duty, Paul loves fly-fishing and landscape photography.

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Role of our Local Access Forum

The Forum’s main task is to advise us and the public on issues relating to the right of responsible access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. They give us advice on core paths planning, rights of way, issues around the exercising of access rights, and management of outdoor access and recreation.

They can also help us with other access related work in the National Park, like signage standards or advice to recreational users.

Our Forum members can ask the advice of advisory members from external organisations when needed, like sportscotland and Police Scotland.

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