The National Park Authority is a public body made up of two groups of people - members and officers.
The officers are employees who work to the policies and carry out the decisions made by members. On routine matters members ask officers to take decisions directly, in line with agreed policies.
Overall responsibility for the work of the officers lies with the Chief Executive.
The law requires the Authority to carry out two 'statutory purposes':
- to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area
- to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the parks' special qualities by the public.
While carrying out these purposes it also has a duty to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of the communities within the National Park.