Board of Trustees
Being a trustee of the charity is a rewarding and important role. The Trustees are there to ensure that the organisation is fulfilling its charitable and business requirements. We try to ensure that the Trustees have the range of skills required to manage a charity/business in this sector and of this size. Our current Trustees are:
Our Patron (Since 2009)
Dr Joanne Sutherland (Drumnadrochit)
Medical doctor, now retired. Graduate of Edinburgh University. Specialised initially in Paediatrics, D.C.H. Later moved to Psychiatry, MRC.Psych. Worked in West Cumberland hospital Whitehaven, then Craig Dunain hospital in general psychiatry. Experienced in memory testing and diagnosis of Dementia. Involved in setting up Cruse Bereavement Care in Inverness. Trained counsellors in Inverness and Moray. 15 years on Child Protection committee. Spent 2 years as research psychiatrist at Inverness Ness Foundation studying Dyslexia and Schizophrenia. Locally, worked with RDA and on Bridge’t venture Board . Chaired local school PTA many years ago.
Convenor – Nigel Fraser (Tomich, Strathglass)
Nigel is a Chartered Surveyor with his own business operating from Tomich. He is a land agent who manages a number of estates across the Highlands and has a particular expertise in renewable energy. He also manages the family tourism and property business in Strathglass. Nigel joined the Board in Dec 2016.
Vice Convenor – Allan Lemon (Kiltarlity) (*Resigned Sept 2019)
Retired in 2006 after 35 years as a Psychiatric Nurse within NHS. He managed Nursing Services in Acute Psychiatry and Care of the Elderly with responsibility for up to 120 staff. His Clinical interest is in Anger Management and Behavioural Problems. Before retiring he worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse and is starting his third 5 year term as Mental Health Tribunal Member. Involved in other voluntary work in care and a Trustee of Kids of Kolkata Dochas Trust a small trust involved with helping children in Kolkata. Allan joined Board in June 2015.
Treasurer – Carolyn Wilson (Drumnadrochit)
Retired, to live in Drumnadrochit since 2002, after a long career in the rail industry in a wide range of management roles within the industry, latterly negotiating contracts and managing the interface with train operators and government departments. Since coming here she has had several volunteering roles, particularly as Treasurer of Glenurquhart Public Hall, and as coordinator and an active member of the First Responders team, and also Chair of the Horticultural Society. When time, she loves to be out walking with her dogs, running, playing bowls, singing and enjoying good food and drink! Carolyn joined the Board in December 2016.
Trustee – Erik Trelfer
Erik is a Chartered Underwriter and worked in underwriting and underwriting management for insurance companies for many years. After moving here over 25 years ago he transferred to Chartered Insurance Broking. Now retired Erik continues to be actively involved in the community of Glenurquhart as Clerk to the Congregational Board and an Elder of Urquhart & Glenmoriston Church of Scotland. After seeing how oil revenue was used to transform living standards for Shetlanders, Erik developed an interest in how money from renewable energy developments could help small rural communities in the same way. After serving as a founding Trustee/Director of Soirbheas he continues involvement as Company Secretary. Erik joined the Board in February 2016.
Trustee – Jack Meredith (Drumnadrochit)
Jack moved to Drumnadrochit in 1987. He qualified as a Barrister in 1997 and as a Project Manager in 2011. During his career in the Energy Industry he served as a trustee, director and compliance supervisor on several corporate and pension boards. He has now retired from full-time employment and dedicates some time to support various community groups. Jack joined the Board in January 2018
Trustee – Bruce Nelson (Bunloit, Drumnadrochit)
Bruce spent over 20 years managing farming enterprises throughout the UK, He ran projects in the design and development of farm management IT systems including the early development of electronic identification of livestock, and GIS systems for cropping. He was also involved in agri-politics, developing environmental and food standard marques. He moved to the Strathglass and Glen Urquhart area in 2009 and has recently started his own business providing property maintenance and improvement services in the Loch Ness area. Bruce has been involved in various community organisations and projects in the area. His interests include music, the environment and current affairs. Bruce joined the Board in February 2018.
Trustee – Elizabeth Owen (Drumnadrochit)
Elizabeth worked with Inverness-shire Constabulary after Secretarial College, until marriage, and chose to be a stay-at-home mum to 3 sons. She has lived in Glen Urquhart since 1973, and worked in Glen Urquhart High School for nineteen years. She has been a well respected member of many community organisations, including as a volunteer in The Glenurquhart Centre for the last nine years. Elizabeth was invited and persuaded to join the Board in October 2018
Trustee – Sue Fink
I have been involved in Hotel’s most my working life, firstly going into business with my parents when I was 18 when we bought a hotel just outside Malvern.
When my parents sold up I had a brief spell working for Social Services which included visiting Residential Homes with an advisor to assess the Home and the needs of the residents plus Admin support for the Divisional Director.
My heart was really in Hotels so when I met Michael we bought a small hotel in Plymouth and then having successfully turned it round from a doss house to a thriving business we bought a 30 bedroomed hotel in desperate need of TLC in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. After 15 years, we had transformed the hotel into a business turning over more than a million. We also owned a 5 star Bed and Breakfast, a restaurant and a small cafe.
When we retired we found we missed the buzz of working and meeting people so now do bed and breakfast from our home, plus self catering in our Yurt.
Trustee – Diane Norris
Diane started her working life as a sculpture teacher in a London Comprehensiveand returned to University in 1983 to study Law (LLB Hons) at the University of Central Lancashire. She then taught Law to A level at schools in Liverpool and Preston while studying in the evenings for an MA in Crime, Deviance and Social Policy from Lancaster University.
She moved to Scotland in 1993 to take up a post at Inverness College teaching law across the College. Following this Diane took up the post of Project Manager for the Highland Domestic Abuse Forum, a Scottish Executive funded project to write a Domestic Abuse Strategy for Highland.
Albyn Housing in Inverness was Diane’s last working destination, working there for 11 years as Support Services Manager, managing a team providing housing support to a number of vulnerable tenants. She was the original elected Chair of the Clinical Ethics Committee for NHS Highland.
Diane retired in 2015 and she has been Convener to Glenurquhart Care Developments from it’s outset, assisting in the development of 12 new amenity houses for rent to elderly or disabled clients in the Community and has now joined the Board of the Glenurquhart Care Project where she is working to access funding to build a Sensory Garden for the residents of the houses and users of the Care Centre.
The Trustees are supported by:
Company Secretary – Neil MacInnes (Balnain, Glen Urquhart)
Retired Chartered Civil Engineer, earlier in construction management and design in the UK and abroad, living in Glen Urquhart since 1975. Roles in several Glen Urquhart Community organisations have included Chairing the Glenurquhart Rural Community Association and the Drumnadrochit Medical Practice PPG. Relaxes with hills, and underwater photography off the NW coast. Neil was on the GCP Board from 1995 to 2017