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Structure

Orkney Community Planning Partnership was reconfigured in 2015 and renamed the Orkney Partnership.  It has been redesigned to simplify the core structure of the Partnership and enable it to focus more decisively on its strategic priorities for action.  Our new structure looks like this:

This new structure has at its centre the Orkney Partnership Board, assisted by an Executive Group, while three Delivery Groups lead each of the Board's strategic priorities.  

Orkney Partnership Board Members

Partners with a statutory duty to facilitate community planning: Orkney Islands Council, NHS Orkney, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Organisations with a statutory duty to participate in the process: Scottish Natural Heritage, SportScotland, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Historic Environment Scotland, Integration Joint Board for Health and Care, University of the Highlands and Islands Orkney College, Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership, Skills Development Scotland and Visit Scotland.

Local and co-opted partners: Voluntary Action Orkney, Improvement Service and Orkney Housing Association.

The Board is assisted by an Executive Group comprising the five partners with a duty to facilitate community planning.  Each of the Board's strategic priorities is assigned to a Delivery Group.  At present there are three, but this number could change.  The Delivery Groups are chaired by members of the Board but include representatives of any organisations in Orkney which can help to achieve their outcomes.

For those familiar with the previous structure, many of the former thematic groups have chosen to become independent multi-agency groups, and are successfully progressing their own agendas. 

The strategic priorities chosen for Orkney are:

  • Positive Ageing
  • A Vibrant Economic Environment
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities

The most significant challenges locally are transport, housing, connectivity and fuel poverty.  The graphic below shows how these challenges relate to our chosen strategic priorities.  All three of the Delivery Groups will contribute to addressing different aspects of these challenges.

The structure of the Partnership is fluid, and not set in stone. It is designed to meet an evolving process and changing priorities. So although the overall core structure will remain the same over time, the exact focus or number of Delivery Groups may alter to reflect current and emerging priorities for Orkney, within the overall local and national policy context.

You can find out more about our structure in the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan

Find out about the six key values which guide community planning in Orkney.