About Us

The Marr Area

Set in Aberdeenshire, in North East Scotland, the Marr area stretches from Huntly in the North, to Banchory in the South East and across to Braemar to the West.

We operate in the largest of the six areas of Aberdeenshire. Occupying 48% of the land mass but inhabited by just 15% of the population.


Marr Area Partnership was formed in 1998 by a group of volunteers to help local communities help themselves. The nature of our work has changed over time but the same broad aims apply: we seek to support communities in the Marr area to develop and grow in to thriving, successful communities with secure economic, environmental and social futures.

We are a registered charity and were set up, with the support of Aberdeenshire Council, as a rural partnership recognised by the then Scottish Executive.

Structure and Governance

Marr Area Partnership has a Board of Directors made up of volunteers who meet bimonthly to review the work of the organisation. Applications for our Initiative Grant Scheme are put to the Committee for their approval. Copies of the committee meeting minutes are available for you to read. Our Annual General Meeting is held in September each year, when directors of the Board are elected/re-elected. Copies of the AGM minutes are also available for you to read.

We are a company limited by guarantee and have the support of over 50 members who have the right to attend and vote at our Annual General Meetings. You can find out further information about how the organisation is structured and managed by reading our Memorandum and Articles of Association. To become a member of MAP, all you need to do is fill in a Membership Form.

Board of Directors

Chair: Simon Blackett, Braemar Community Ltd

Vice Chair: Bryan Begg, 1298 Squadron Huntly and Area Air Cadets

Treasurer: Nigel Healey, Tarland Welfare Trust

George Wordie, Strathbogie Community Council

Patricia Fraser, Crathie Community

Nicola Sedgwick, Glenkindy & Towie CA, Donside Community Council

Bill Slee, Alford Community

Dave Conroy Banchory Community Council

Neil Bayfield, Tornaveen CA

Gregor Hutcheon Strathdon Community

In Attendance

Janelle Clark, Marr Area Manager, Aberdeenshire Council

Liz Henderson, Cairngorm National Park Authority

Cllr John Latham, Aberdeenshire Council



Marr Area Partnership has two part-time Development Officers whose work is overseen by the Board of Directors. Different areas of our work are led by different staff members; you can find out who does what by looking at our Contacts page.

Funding of the Organisation

Our core funding comes from Aberdeenshire Council’s funds for Community Economic Development, which is subject to a Service Level Agreement covering many of our core activities.

An additional Service Level Agreement is in place with the Marr Community Planning Group, funding our work on Community Ward Forums, the review of the Marr Local Community Plan, as well as additional tasks supporting the work of the Marr Community Planning Group and updating and supporting users of the Your Hall Manual.

A further Service Level Agreement is in place with the Cairngorms National Park Authority to deliver aspects of community development and engagement on the eastern side of the Park.

Additional funding is accessed for pilot projects as they are developed. Additional work is undertaken on a consultancy basis providing that it is consistent with the aims and purpose of MAP.