The HDDT Board of Directors is made up of committed team of volunteers who bring a variety of skills and expertise to the Trust from a diverse range of backgrounds. Their passion to improve Huntly & District unites them.
In addition, employed personnel deliver the projects and manage the day to day operation of the organisation, with community volunteers supporting project delivery.
VOLUNTEER TRUST BOARD DIRECTORS
JAMIE WILKINSON – CHAIR
Jamie was born in Aberdeen and brought up in the Aberdeenshire countryside. After leaving Alford Academy in 2003 he studied Geography at Glasgow University and then completed a Master’s degree at the University of Aberdeen. Following some time spent working in rural development funding Jamie joined Community Energy Scotland as a Development Officer, supporting community groups develop renewable energy resources. During this period he worked with HDDT on the Greenmyres wind and solar projects. In early 2016 Jamie started in a new position as Co-ordinator with a development funding programme for fishing communities in Aberdeenshire. Jamie lives in Glass with his wife, daughter, son and two chocolate Labradors.
Rosemary was born on a farm in Devon and grew in South Australia. She has lived near Cornhill since 1991. Rosemary spent 50 years working as a diagnostic radiographer mainly in the NHS. During this time she worked in some very well-known hospitals and with some inspiring teams of people. The combination of Radiography and wanting to live in the country brought her to Jubilee Hospital and thus my connection to Huntly. Rosemary is interested in a wide variety of outdoor activities including gardening and walking. She also maintains a lifelong interest in health and wellbeing. “The people of Huntly and District were very welcoming to me at Jubilee Hospital and I loved working in Huntly. I much appreciated the kindness shown to me by the people of Huntly. I am now glad to be able to give something back by devoting some of my time to the work of the HDDT”.
BRUCE MURRAY – VICE CHAIR
Bruce joined the HDDT board back in June 2013 after he, his wife Anne and their son Brodie moved to Huntly in late 2012. Bruce works as a self-employed procurement consultant supporting organisations with large marketing projects throughout the UK. He’s also the PR/Marketing coordinator for the British Nordic Ski Team with many of the team athletes coming from or are based in the Huntly area.
Within the Trust, Bruce co-ordinates and chairs the Huntly Sports Hub, a working group of individuals, groups, clubs and organisations that help to promote and encourage participation in activity based classes, club activities and events throughout the Huntly and surrounding community. He’s heavily committed to the development of the proposed new health and wellbeing centre within the town alongside organising events such as the Room to Run and other HDDT activities throughout the year.
Claire was born and brought up in Renfrewshire. Following an MA(GenArts) at Edinburgh University she moved to Aberdeen in 1984 to attend a postgraduate bilingual secretarial course at Aberdeen College of Commerce which led to a job within the sales department of a Norwegian company selling remotely operated vehicles and associated subsea equipment. The travel bug struck and Claire travelled throughout the Indian subcontinent, China and SE Asia including working for 6 months in Perth, Australia. She returned home and worked in Edinburgh in office admin before meeting and marrying Richard. They then drove an old Land Rover across Africa before moving back to Aberdeenshire in 1990 where she worked in an industrial interiors business. With a desire to bring up their family of 4 boys in a rural area with a good school and offering a diverse range of activities and a strong sense of community, Huntly proved to fit the bill. Claire worked for several years as the trust fundraiser for local charity Books Abroad and has been very much involved as coach and treasurer with Huntly Nordic Ski Club. She enjoys walking, cycling, skiing, cooking and gardening.
CAROLE A SMALL
Born in Cyprus, Carole was educated at Elgin Academy and Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen. Carole lives at Garrowood with husband and family of 3 children, all educated at The Gordon Schools in Huntly. Past chair Gordon Primary School Board. Past President Moray Business Women’s Group. Mentor: Moray Business Women’s Group, Scott Sutherland School of Architecture Mentor Scheme. Carole started her own practice as sole practitioner in 2010, going on to establish CAG Architects Ltd with husband Gregor in 2013. CAG Architects attracts commercial and domestic clients based on sound client relationships, positive response to all stages of project and an expertise in Design (combined 40 years of successful practice). CAG is a great example of a small local business reaching far beyond its reach, promoting Architecture and the highest standard of built environment both within Moray, Aberdeenshire and beyond. Carole began working on the Scottish Household Survey for the government in 1997, progressing to regional manager in 2012 and assists with annual training of the professional team. In March 2017 Carole undertook a trek across the Sahara, raising vital funds for Moray Women’s Aid. Enjoys walking her 2 newfoundland dogs, cooking and every moment of family time.
Mary is from Aberdeen and lived in North America from 1973-1976. On her return she lived and worked at a community farm in Aberdeen. She was involved in the establishment of energy advice agency SCARF in Aberdeen in 1985. After many years at SCARF she established her own company to provide energy efficiency advice to a range of customer groups. Latterly she worked for a community group in Banchory advising on energy and renewable energy in buildings and general awareness raising on climate change. Mary worked as a volunteer in Huntly from April 2012. She negotiated with SSE and A & R Hepburn Ltd on behalf of Huntly & District Development Trust and Gordon Rural Action to provide free insulation for local residents. Mary moved to Huntly in October 2012 and is retired. Mary is a director of Greenmyres Renewable Energy and chair of the Greenmyres working group. She is interested in native trees and is also a regular volunteer for Trees for Life near Invermoriston.
DONALD BOYD – General Manager
Donald was born and bred in Huntly. On leaving the town’s Gordon Schools he became a Chartered Surveyor in Aberdeen before working his way through Europe and the Middle East for two years. On his return to the UK he studied Environmental Management and Community Water Supply Engineering for developing countries at Cranfield University. He then worked for a year as a volunteer with a small charity in the Western Highlands of Guatemala installing gravity-fed water systems. A nine-year stint as project manager with the International Institute for the Urban Environment in Delft, The Netherlands followed. In 2005, Donald returned to his hometown as Town Coordinator with the Aberdeenshire Towns Partnership and completed his MBA with the Open University. He then helped establish its successor, Huntly & District Development Trust, in 2009 and became its first Development Manager.
DEBBIE HAEFNER – Development Support & Admin Manager
Debbie grew up in Huntly and attended The Gordon Schools. Her past employment history and HND in Administration and Information Management has gained her significant experience within the office admin sector. Her employment history includes Practice Administrator at a local award winning architectural practice, as well as a stint as Clerk to Gordon Primary School Board. Debbie was employed as Clerical Officer in 2008 for HDDT’s predecessor Aberdeenshire Towns Partnership. She has been in her full time role at HDDT since 2012. Debbie takes part in local fundraising and charity events and volunteers with local groups. She was for 14 and a half years, a Leader at 1st Huntly Brownies, and for the last year of that role was District Commissioner. Debbie has recently taken on a new voluntary role as a Board member for Himalayan Initiatives. She enjoys walking, hiking and cooking.
STUART MASSON – Green Travel Hub Community Engagement Officer
Stuart was born and raised in Aberdeen before moving to Edinburgh to complete a Business Studies Degree and start a career in the hospitality industry. Following a 10 year spell in Edinburgh, he took on a role at the Isle of Eriska hotel on the west coast of Scotland. A complete career change into the Recruitment industry followed, resulting in rotational work in Kazakhstan. A desire to live in the countryside and spend more time with family resulted in Stuart, his wife Lenka and 2 kids moving to Huntly and seeking a more community centred lifestyle.
CAROLYN POWELL – Town Centre Development Manager
Born in Edinburgh, Carolyn moved to Staffordshire as a youngster and vowed to one day to return to live in Scotland – which she achieved in 2016. Carolyn’s diverse working background began with training as a psychiatric nurse, then moving into the property sector for 13 years, resulting in becoming Lloyds TSBs first female Area Director. Following this, Carolyn set up her own successful design and project management business with two retail outlets in rural Staffordshire and became heavily involved in rural regeneration through involvement with a small community.
This interest led to being appointed to run a New Economics Foundation project in Stoke-on-Trent and was followed by many years working in regeneration, economic development and business support with NEF and a number of businesses, individuals and organisations in the commercial, creative and third sector.
After moving to Scotland Carolyn held two roles with Moray Council as Regeneration Project Officer, helping to address the issues of vacant town centre property in Elgin and following this, managing the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) – a £3.2m funding project repairing and refurbishing property in Elgin’s town centre.
JILL ANDREWS – Greenmyres Project Manager
Jill was born in Aberdeen and studied Architecture in at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and Scott Sutherland School in Aberdeen. After working for architects in the Outer Hebrides, Skye, North Berwick and Deeside she settled in Huntly 20 years ago. She started her own Architectural practice in 2002 and specialises in high quality design grounded on sustainable principles. Her children have all been educated at The Gordon Schools and she participates in many local ventures including Aurora Choir and Productions, Huntly Summer Traditional Scottish Evenings and as a singer in the Scots harmony group Tripple. She enjoys walking, cycling and swimming.