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Board Elections 2018

An election count was held at National Park Authority Headquarters in Balloch on Thursday 5th July 2018, where the successful candidates in the local Board member elections were announced.

For these elections, the National Park was split into five Electoral Wards.

  • Bob Darracott was elected in Ward 1 (Cowal and North Loch Lomond) with 113 votes. Now retired, Bob previously held the role of Director of Planning, Transport and Development for Renfrewshire Council.
  • Billy Ronald was re-elected in Ward 2 (Breadalbane and the Trossachs) with 321 votes. Billy remains on the Board having previously been elected in October 2015.
  • Martin Earl was elected in Ward 3 (Callander) with 340 votes. Martin previously sat on the Board as a local authority nominated member from 2012-2017.
  • Willie Nisbet was re-elected in Ward 4 (East Loch Lomond and Port of Menteith) with 457 votes. Willie has sat on the Board as a locally elected member since 2006.
  • David McCowan was re-elected in Ward 5 (West Loch Lomond and Balloch) with 242 votes. David has sat on the Board as a locally elected member since 2010.

The election, which is held every four years, was organised by Stirling Council and presided over by Depute Returning Officer Iain Strachan. Voting was open to National Park residents over 16 years old and the turnout across the Park was 33%. You can download the full results using the link below.

Find out more about the role and make up of the Board on our Board and Committees page.

If you have any questions about the election or the results, please contact

Scottish Government is also recruiting five ministerial appointed places on our Board. The closing date to apply to join the Board has now passed and we will announce the successful candidates at the end of September 2018.

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