is a member of Kirriemuir Landward West Community Council, the convenor of the Association of Cairngorm Communities and Chairman of the Cairngorms LAG. In these roles he has become aware of many of the issues which are important to rural communities and he sees the LEADER aim of stimulating community led local development as an important way of helping people develop the confidence to address these issues and strengthen both the local and wider communities. Following a career in teaching he is a school governor as well as being involved in a range of other charitable organisations.
is a qualified accountant and Human Resources practitioner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) since 1992. He is currently employed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority, a Non Departmental Public Body funded through Scottish Government. David has wide experience in financial management, public sector audit and governance requirements from both his current employment and also from previous employments in the local authority, and further and higher education sectors. David is the current Chair of sportscotland Audit Committee and acted as the elected Internal Auditor and business advisor to the Europarc Federation Council for 2008 until 2014.
David has been involved directly in community led local development within the Scottish LEADER programme since 2009 and is also a Trustee of the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, a charity delivering pathworks and promoting active pursuits in the outdoors, and as a Director of the Muir of Ord Community Company.
is a chartered architect and the founding director of Moxon Architects. He lives in the Cairngorms National Park and works at his practice’s Crathie office. Ben’s current clients include High Speed Two (HS2), Transport for London, The Royal Parks Foundation, The Qatar Foundation and Highlands Hospitality. In addition to his practice role he taught at University College London for nine years and is co-director of an Upper-Deeside based construction company. He is a keen hillwalker and skier and is motivated by the undoubted economic and cultural potential of the National Park area.
retired following a 38-year career in secondary education. Brian initially taught physics at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh and Mackie Academy, Stonehaven. He was then appointed Rector of Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk and for 16 years was Rector of Hazlehead Academy, Aberdeen. For the past 30 years, Brian has been a Justice of the Peace and honorary Sheriff for Grampian, Highland and Islands regularly presiding in the JP courts in Stonehaven and Aberdeen. He is Deputy Convenor of the Cairngorms National Park Authority Board. Brian is heavily involved in two major restoration projects in Braemar, namely Braemar Castle and the A listed St Margaret's Church building.
is a longstanding fan of LEADER and has served on a succession of LAGs. She is an Area Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage and works currently on the Scottish Rural Development Programme, outdoor access, health inequalities and business planning. She is also a committee member for the North Scotland branch of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. She has lived in Badenoch and Strathspey for most of 40 years and loves being outdoors. She is also keen on exploring how inhabitants of mountain regions throughout the world make the most of their environment.
brings many years of European funding experience, having developed and managed three Structural Fund Programmes across the Highlands and Islands. He currently works part-time with the University of the Highlands and Islands in the European Team and is a member of Speyside Trust and the Coastal Communities Committee of the BIG Lottery. Dennis is particularly interested in encouraging collaborative work in rural development through partnership allowing communities to be innovative and creative in both identifying development opportunities and meeting challenges. Originally from Aberdeen, Dennis lives in Inverness. His interests include watersports, cycling and reading. He is currently Treasurer of Inverness Rotary Club.
has experience on Leader LAGs in Lochaber, Moray and the Cairngorms including transnational projects in Holland, Sweden and Poland and as a board member of Euromontana. He has chaired boards in the private and public sectors at Lochaber Enterprise, the Highland Housing Alliance and Lochaber Citizen’s Advice Bureau, the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service and the Monadhliath Deer Management Group. His current role as Highland Manager of Scottish Land & Estates gives him responsibilities across 6 local authority areas and the Cairngorm National Park looking after the interests of his members. In his career he has been a commercial fisherman, a Highland Councillor and a flooring contractor.
has previous experience with the LAG, both as a Board member and a recipient (at different times!). He is currently Head Ranger in Glen Tanar, on Royal Deeside, occasionally guest lectures on ‘Managing Community Projects’, and chairs the Cairngorms Local Outdoor Access Forum. As a past recipient of LEADER funding, he is familiar with the benefits of the programme, but also able to see the difficulties which groups might experience in accessing support. He has a particular role on the LAG- ‘Equalities Champion’, which, he says, is evidence of the LAG’s commitment to being socially inclusive.
is a regional manager for the National Farmers Union of Scotland covering Highland Region, Orkney and Shetland. He farms as well, outside Nairn, not far from the Cairngorm National Park within which he sits on a number of groups including Cairngorms Nature and Strathspey Wet Land and Waders. The main interest he comes to the LAG with is from the business side of things, particularly that Farm Diversification is now included within the Leader Programme, he hopes to promote the LEADER programme within the farming and crofting communities so that high quality projects come forward to the LAG.
has lived in CarrBridge since 1986. She has been lucky with a loving family, her work and the sports available.
Her career was as a Clinical Haematologist, working in London then at Raigmore Hospital for 18 years. Other medical interests were Clinical Ethics and Research Ethics, and improving interaction with people about their own care and about Health Services. Her interest in people and their opinions included the communities in CarrBridge, Badenoch & Strathspey and across the Park area (with the AoCC), then to the Third Sector. Thanks to the AoCC, she joined the LAG a few years ago, and the current CLAG is her third Leader programme Several hobbies, but her favourites are her horse and orienteering on horseback and in winter, curling.