If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a Trustee BCC would love to hear from you. Please get in touch via the contact page or speak with any of the current Trustees who would be happy to have an informal chat.
Robert Main is a retired civil engineer who has lived in Lower Foyers for 24 years. His son David and family live in Stratherrick. Bob keeps himself busy, within the community, but also on civil engineering projects in the Highlands, mainly in the forestry and renewable energy industries. He managed a civil engineering unit with the Forestry Commission in the Moray and Aberdeenshire area until his retirement.
A farmer’s son from Lanarkshire, Bob has an abiding interest in the land and in restoring and working old tractors and machinery. His other interests include dancing, the local heritage group and conservation of the Wade Bridge at Whitebridge.
Jane O'Donovan (Treasurer and Secretary)
Jane trained in catering before moving into management then, as domestic bursar of the National Outdoor Centre at Glenmore Lodge, she joined the world of mountaineering. Her passion for the hills took her to various parts of the world before settling in Stratherrick in 1984. Recognising the vulnerablility of older residents in a rural context she was instrumental in establishing a local newsletter and was one of the founding trustees of BCC in 2014.
Julie Russell (Care Manager)
Julie relocated to the Highlands, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, 4 years ago, and now lives on the Garrogie estate. She loves the outdoors and this way of life, feeling very welcome in her new environment. Although she misses Grimsby Fish & Chips!
In the past she has worked with Special Needs children in schools, and as a Special needs co-ordinator in a large secondary school. After this Julie worked in a Children’s Centre as a Parental engagement worker, engaging and supporting families from all walks of life. She organised and ran a variety of sessions within the centre – from gardening clubs and outdoor activities to toddler rhyme times and parent workshops. Julie worked at the local nursery in Foyers for a year before becoming involved with BCC. She is now the Care Manager, heading the team of local home carers.
Born and raised in Glasgow, Carolyn graduated from its university as a doctor in 1974. She worked for 41 years in the NHS, initially in various specialties then as a GP in East Kilbride and latterly in Inverness. She moved with her family to Strathnairn in 1989 and then settled in Errogie in 2004. While gardening is her main hobby, hill walking was a keen pursuit for many years and knitting has become one since retiring a year ago. She is interested in encouraging activities which can be done in groups, believing that companionship is essential for contentment.
Janet was born in Tiverton, Devon and lived most of her life in West Cornwall. In 2011 she and her husband bought a small croft in Gorthleck. They have chickens and ducks and enjoy gardening. For twenty years, up to retirement, Janet was personal assistant and secretary to a large property developer based in the west country. Her duties were large and varied, dealing with all aspects of his many businesses. Confidentiality was paramount at all times.
For many years both Janet and her husband were active members of Lions Clubs International, this is an international charity organisation that raises money and provides services for people with varying needs, both locally, nationally and internationally.
Christina Cameron known as Kit (Chair)
Kit has lived in Whitebridge with her husband since 1999, prior to which was 4 years in Fort Augustus. Originally from West Lothian and brought up in East Africa she started her career as a nurse in Edinburgh. Marrying a Highlander, she went to live in Germany, returning to the Lothians then moving south to Norwich in East Anglia where she worked for a private nursing home.
She has 22 years’ experience in social work employed by Highland Council at the Telford Centre in Fort Augustus for 17 years as a Senior Social Care Worker. During this time she was given the opportunity to gain experience as a Manager for a 24 bed care home in Inverness. Her next opportunity came when she was asked to manage a 32 bed care home for older adults in Fort William in 2012. At this time health and social care integration was progressing and in 2013 NHS took over all the Highland Council Care Homes. Kit was employed by NHS as Care Home Manager until her retirement at the end of 2017.
Born in Edinburgh and married with three children and six grandchildren Alison lived in Midlothian until relocating to the Highlands in1996. She ran a pre school play group when her own children were young and, as a Scout leader along with her husband, ran a Scout Troop catering for children from all backgrounds and abilities.
After a working background in dental health education and dental ancillary work, both in the NHS and the private sector, she retired in 2011. She has a special interest in helping to prevent isolation and loneliness in older people and in maintaining and supporting them in their own homes and environment.
Biography and photograph to follow.