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Board of Directors

Maybe we should have titled this section Rogues Gallery!    But we thought you'd appreciate putting a face to the name of those volunteers on the Trust's Board of Directors.

Penny Edwards - Chair
Penny Edwards - Chair
Elected 2/12/14. Penny’s career has been in rural development, environmental management and forestry. Previous jobs have included Head of Strategy with the Central Scotland Countryside Trust and Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. She also ran her own environmental consultancy and local hardwood timber company in Falkirk. She moved to Culbokie in 2008 and established an upholstery and woodworking business. She worked with Ferintosh Community Council to establish the Culbokie Development Group in 2011 and has chaired the Interim Board of CCT since June 2014. She has assisted FCC in negotiating wind farm benefits, is a Trustee of The Pebble Trust giving grants for projects supporting community resilience and reduction in fossil fuel use and is a past Director of Transition Black Isle.
Richard Fyfe - Vice-Chair
Richard Fyfe - Vice-Chair
Elected 2/12/14. Richard has lived in Culbokie since moving from Dingwall in 2001. He works for SEPA in Dingwall and from a background in Chemistry he is now a specialist in environmental regulation. He also has experience in dealing with planning and Scottish Water issues.
He is an active member of the Culbokie Church of Scotland where he is the Session Clerk. You will regularly see him helping out at the soup lunch in Findon Hall
Richard has a keen interest in the outdoors and his hobbies include hillwalking, cycling and kayaking as well as gardening.
Jillian MacKenzie - Treasurer
Jillian MacKenzie - Treasurer
Elected 2/12/14. Jillian is a Chartered Accountant originally from Sutherland but has been living in Culbokie since 2006. Jillian comes from a long line of farmers and they remain very much in her list of favourite clients in her accountancy practice, Frame Kennedy, which she runs with her 2 fellow directors in Inverness. She specialised in business start-ups for a number of years and was seconded to the Highland Council for many years to assist with such projects as the Assynt Crofters buying back their land, management buy outs and rescue packages for large businesses where the fund that she managed would invest to bridge the funding gap to ensure such projects happened. More recently she has looked after her own portfolio of clients ranging from large multi-million pound businesses to the local window cleaner and lists her specialisms as farming, tourism and family businesses. Jillian has 2 children, one in Culbokie Primary and one in Fortrose Academy and between them and the various community concerns that she has volunteered for has little free time to follow her hobbies which include foreign travel, badminton, reading and discovering coffee shops where her out of control caffeine habit can be sated.
Ian MacIver - Company Secretary
Ian MacIver - Company Secretary
Elected 2/12/14. Ian MacIver retired to Culbokie in 2000 after 11 years as Principal of Coatbridge College in Lanarkshire. Before and after retirement Ian had spells in positions nationally with the Free Church of Scotland eg Chairman of the College Board (8 yrs). Convener of the General Trustees (4 yrs), Chair of Pension Trustees (3 yrs), Chairman of Investment Committee (3 yrs). Ian is now an Elder in Resolis and Ferintosh Free Church.
Marilyn Richards - Minute Secretary
Marilyn Richards - Minute Secretary
Elected 2/12/14. Marilyn retired to Culbokie in December 2013 having spent her whole life living in small communities. For 30 years Marilyn worked near Greenock and then in Kirkwall as a Maths teacher in a variety of promoted posts including four years working with local businesses to support disadvantaged young people into work. The last eight years of her career were spent as Assistant Director of Education in Orkney, where she worked with all the Islands’ schools and communities to implement the new curriculum. Marilyn has also held a variety of positions in Community Council, School Board, and other voluntary organisations.
Bruce Morrison - Community Council rep
Bruce Morrison - Community Council rep
Appointed by Ferintosh Community Council as its representative on the Board.

Bruce's career was made up of 15 years as a research scientist in industry and the remainder in business development and general management. Now retired, Bruce and his wife, Carolyn, have lived in Culbokie for 15 years, including five years experience as a community councillor
Mark Douglas - Director
Mark Douglas - Director
Elected 26/10/15. Mark is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and has worked in the construction industry for the past 24-years. He moved to Inverness in 2000 having worked in the Highlands and Islands for a number of years, whilst commuting on a weekly basis from Glasgow.
Mark and his family moved to Culbokie in 2005 and his son attends Fortrose Academy.
Sarah Southcott - Director
Sarah Southcott - Director
Elected 3/10/16. Sarah relocated to the Highlands from Surrey with her husband, David, in 2005. Culbokie has been their home since 2006.
Sarah has been involved with the Citizens Advice Bureau for over eight years, the majority of this time as a volunteer generalist adviser in Dingwall. From 2008 to 2014, she worked as Constituency Office Manager and Senior Caseworker for the former Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, the late Charles Kennedy.
Previously, she worked 20 years plus in various finance roles within the private sector.
Alison Petch - Director
Alison Petch - Director
Elected 3/10/16. Alison returned full time to the family home in Culbokie when she retired in 2015. After training in planning and in social work, she spent her working life in health and social care. Initially this was as a university based researcher. Latterly she led two third sector organisations which tried to ensure that what is learnt from research gets put into practice. Her core interest is in trying to ensure that everyone is able to access a good quality of life.

Why have Directors?

Directors play an important role in the Trust.  The Board of Directors is a formal body of elected (majority) Trust members and appointed/co-opted (minority) others, drawn together for the specific purpose of ensuring the organisation is properly run for the benefit of its members.   Directors may be young or old, working, retired or unemployed.  For instance they may be a joiner, cook, teacher, farmer, solicitor, stay at home parent or a volunteer play leader.  In fact, the more mixed and diverse the Board of Directors, the more representative of the local community it is likely to be and the wider skills range it is likely to have. However, all Directors will be well informed about and take a healthy interest in community issues and activities and be keen to see the Trust make a real difference to the community.

Directors for this voluntary role are recruited through a due process as defined in theTrust’s governing documents.  Directors are expected to serve up to three years.

Within the Board of Directors, appointments will be made to key roles e.g. Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary etc.