Our Directors come from different backgrounds with a common interest in the community of Alyth.
Before retiring in 2016, Kevin spent more than 35 years working in journalism and public relations across various sectors: higher education, health service delivery, social care regulation, economic development, property and land management, and manufacturing. Kevin has held chief executive and senior management roles in both the public and private sectors, delivering media relations, public affairs, social media and internal communications campaigns and programmes at local, regional, national and international levels. He has lived in Alyth since 1998.
Nicola MacFarlane, Chair
Nicola has lived in New Alyth for about 10 years with her family, Eliot, Angus and Stella. She works part-time at Blairgowrie High School and volunteers with local groups, including Riding for the Disabled and Alyth Primary School. She enjoys the outdoors and all it has to offer around Alyth.
Simon has lived with his wife Marian and family at Kirklandbank in Alyth since 2008. He runs his own management consulting business and is in partnership with Marian on other local ventures. In addition to these business interests, Simon has been a Board member of Impact Arts, a Scottish arts social enterprise for over 5 years and is a pro bono member of Inspiring Scotland.
Barbara worked with the elderly at council run care homes and later as site manager with a housing association. She has a keen interest in the local community and joined the Crooked Dreel and Concealed Hinge Society. She was involved with the Environmental Group and The Voice from their early days. She and Paul are local Tree Wardens. She and Paul use their interest in photography to run several annual competitions. She also had a large input into the Jam in the Den events.
Paul was given the chance to train to fly as load master with British International Helicopters and served with the Royal Observer Corps. He worked in the Spar store for many years and now runs the Alyth museum. Until recently both he and Barbara ran the Alyth Voice distribution network. Paul remains a dedicated aircraft enthusiast.
Andrew lives at North Balloch, just outside Alyth, with his wife Amy, son Calum, and daughters Catriona and Morag. He runs Skea Organics, a business that markets seed potatoes and organic consumption potatoes throughout the UK and Europe, as well as breeding new potato varieties. As part of his work he is on the Council of the British Potato Trade Association, and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board for potatoes. In the winter months his main activity is curling, specifically running and coaching Dundee Junior Curling Club.
Russell Taylor, Secretary
Russell and her husband Steve moved to Alyth in April 2018 after staying here for several summers and appreciating its unique beauty and community spirit. Russell has been a non-profit CEO in the UK and the USA for the past 26 years, including heading the English National Opera in London as well as National Arts Strategies in the US. She has extensive experience in the non-profit and grant-making fields both here and in North America, and is delighted to help Alyth Development Trust strengthen this community.
David Whipps, Treasurer
David retired in 2017 following a 25-year career in the NHS as a project manager. In addition to project management skills David has experience of public engagement in a health and social care environment. David moved to Alyth in 2017 where he now lives with his wife, Eleanor, and three dogs.