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Welcomes and Farewells for Board Members

At our AGM we welcomed two new board members, Iain Harrison and Bob Reid, and said farewell to two, Catherine Gemmell-Simpson, and Kenny Graham. We want to thank our outgoing board members for the work and support they have put into our organization over the past few years. We really appreciate the energy and commitment that our board have shown to us and a small charity such as ourselves could simply not manage without such a supportive and active board.

On behalf of the staff, Thank you to Catherine, Kenny and Judy and a very warm welcome to Iain and Bob. It’s great to have you on the team!

Kat

Thank you to our outgoing board members

Catherine Gemmell-Simpson

Catherine was brought up in Forres along the beautiful Moray coast before heading to Aberdeen to study Marine and Coastal Resource Management at Aberdeen University. Since then she has worked with young people as a field studies instructor in Dorset and a visitor services supervisor at an aquarium. She is currently the Scotland Conservation Officer for the Marine Conservation Society based out of Edinburgh with plenty of time spent on many of Scotland’s beautiful beaches. When not at the coast Catherines favourite spot is the shores of Loch Morlich in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Kenny Graham (Treasurer)

Kenny grew up in Forres on the Moray coast before moving to Edinburgh to study Mathematics at university. Following university he studied for and completed professional exams to become a Chartered Accountant. After spending around five years as an auditor where he had clients across a wide variety of sectors, including education, agriculture and port authorities, he began working in commercial banking. In his spare time Kenny enjoys writing and is a keen tennis fan, having travelled to visit several tournaments around the world, including trips to Paris and New York.

Welcome to our incoming board members

Iain (Treasurer)

Iain was born and educated in Glasgow attending Hillhead Primary School and Hillhead High School before joining Royal Bank of Scotland in 1974. He qualified as a Chartered Banker (MCIBS) at Glasgow Caledonian University and in 1981 was transferred to Head Office working in the Bank’s Inspection and Fraud Department. and subsequently the Sponsorship and PR Department, where he was responsible for setting up the Bank’s Community Fund, heading up Internal Communications, responsibility for RBS’s commemorative banknotes and managing a multi million pound budget.

After early retirement Iain once again joined RBS for a further 2 years as a Senior Manager before finally retiring to enjoy more golf. He is currently Finance Convenor of Linlithgow Golf Club as well as an NTS volunteer and has been a member of APRS since 1994.

Bob Reid

Bob Reid has been a Town and Country Planner for 45 years. He has studied and worked in all aspects of planning, from new towns, through Glasgow’s East End to its bustling City Centre. He has experience at planning directorate level with Grampian Region and then with Aberdeen City Council where he was Director of Planning.  He moved to the private sector in 2004 as Director of Planning at Halliday Fraser Munro.  He has been involved in a wide range of consultancy work across the whole of Scotland, in England and Northern Ireland. He was Convenor of the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland 2012. Since 2016 Bob has taken on the role as Development Director for Wildland Limited, managing development projects across 11 Estates in Scotland ranging from Braeroy in the west to Kyle of Tongue in the far north. He retired from professional practice in 2022 – but continues to be involved in landscape and conservation work across Scotland.

Some photos from the AGM at Limekilns 23 May 2024

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