Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council

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Our Members

Ian Richards

Ian Richards,

Profession – Textile Chemist. Now retired after working in the textile industry for 45 years. Early years spent in technical roles, subsequently moving into production and general management positions. Last twelve years working off shore in Sri Lanka, the Philippines and finally Egypt where as Operations Director I was responsible for running a UK owned manufacturing business.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith,
Vice Chair

I originally moved from North London to Scotland in the early 70’s. After 5 years as a Maintenance Engineer in Brechin I moved to the Aberdeen area and became employed in the Oil Industry working both offshore and overseas. After studying for and gaining qualifications, 1993 saw me move to the Inverness area to start a new career as an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant and was instrumental in establishing a branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) the premier national health and safety organisation. I eventually became self-employed with my own business offering Occupational Health and Safety Management Advice and Training. I worked with numerous companies covering the self-employed jobbing builder to large Scottish construction companies and national organisations such as UKAEA (Dounreay).In 2010 I decided to partially retire and moved to Blairgowrie. This was something of a homecoming for my wife as she was born and grew up in the area, principally Wolfhill. Since moving I have become involved with a local charity ‘One Voice’ and am at present it’s Vice Chair. Becoming an elected member of BRCC represents something of a fulfilment of a social obligation in an attempt to give back to Blairgowrie, in some way, the friendship and acceptance I have received from the local community.

I have been a member of a community council in Inverness and was a member of the Grampian Children’s Panel. Apart from the duties mentioned above my time is split between hobbies such as birdwatching and photography, travelling all over and enjoying Scotland as a result.

Stuart Nichol

Stuart Nichol,

I trained and qualified as an Architect, working for the private sector in Edinburgh and then Tayside Regional Council. I quickly moved into the housing sector working for Hillcrest Housing Association in Dundee as Development Manager for 10 years. After that I spent a further 10 years with the National Housing agency, Scottish Homes, holding various management posts, and covering most geographies in Scotland. During this time the focus was on area and rural regeneration and developing sustainable communities.The last 11 years before retiring I was employed by Fife Council as Executive Director for Environment and Development, responsible for waste management & cleansing, roads maintenance and transport, fleet, property & estate management, catering & cleaning, all DLO functions, including design and technical services, planning, building control and economic development, trading standard, and environmental services. I was lead officer for sustainability for the council.

I have lived in Blairgowrie for more than 35 years, with my wife Jennifer. I am on the board of Keep Scotland Beautiful, the environmental charity, and am on the steering group for Scotland’s Sustainable network. I enjoy hillwalking, golf, curling and photography.

Robin Duncan

Robin Duncan,

I have recently retired from the Asset Finance business after 40 years in the industry.  I was born in Perth and moved to Blairgowrie as I felt it was such a great place to live.  I am a keen golfer and a member of Blairgowrie Golf Club where I was Captain in 2015/16.I have been  married to Mary, for 44 years, a Canadian and we have a son and daughter and 3 lovely grandchildren.  I am also involved with Blairgowrie Rotary and enjoy getting involved with community causes.

Ian Cruickshank

Ian Cruickshank

After leaving school I worked as an assistant Metallurgist in Bonnybridge before enlisting in the Royal Marines. I served 23 years in the Royal Marines and saw most of the world, although not as a tourist! Being told, on leaving the Royal Marines in 1984 that I was ‘over qualified’ for every job I applied for, I eventually got a job as a Porter, a Senior Janitor, a Social Care Officer and finally self employed for 10 years as a gardener.Now retired, I continue to garden, operate my model railway layout (Blairgowrie) and go hill walking with ‘Next Steps’, and golf (badly). Unfortunately I await a quadruple heart by-pass to be followed by hip replacement, so some of my activities have been put on the back burner. I have served on BRCC for just over 1 year.

Gordon Darge

Gordon Darge,
Local Planning

Hi, I am originally from Speyside, then studied and lived in Edinburgh for 15 years and moved to the Blairgowrie area in 1990. I was a community councillor in the 90s for Spittalfield and District CC. As a local chartered architect I thought my skills would be useful to BRCC regarding planning application issues and signed up when I saw that BRCC was being reformed. Apart from planning, I am particularly interested in improving the built environment of Blairgowrie and Rattray and also utilising the old Blairgowrie & Rattray Burgh Council’s common goods for the common good. I am married with three stepdaughters and I am an audiophile, a music-holic, a keen cyclist and skier.

Ally Donald

Ally Donald

Hi my name is Ally Donald I am 47 married to Lesley and have a 21 year son Ross. I have been in Blairgowrie for over 35 years. I work as a road worker for Tayside contracts in Blairgowrie. As a previous community councillor I felt that Blairgowrie should have a voice from the community to tackle outstanding issues. My interests are walking my dog through our beautiful countryside, gardening, DIY, and a wee bit of golf and of course following a small football team called St Johnstone. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the future.

Leonard Seal

Leonard Seal

I’ve lived in Blairgowrie for 29 years. My children grew up here and 2 grandchildren go to Rattray Primary. I worked for almost 40 years in social work, latterly with Barnardos and Aberlour Child Care Trust. In my last job I was responsible for over 200 staff, a large budget and services across Tayside and Grampian, working closely with 6 local authorities. Since retiring in 2008, I have been the event chair for 2 Relays for Life locally, raising over £70k for Cancer Research. As far as I was concerned, it was primarily a community involvement event. The last of these was in 2013.I now help with the food bank and the community cinema as well as being an active grandpa. As a grandpa I am very concerned about the effects of climate change, already beginning to be seen across the world, and want to do what I can to lessen its effects. I am also concerned about the lack of affordable housing locally, the need to regenerate our town centre, to strengthen local democracy, to improve public transport and to find sources for renewable energy.

Sandy Thomson

Sandy Thomson

A resident of Rattray and Blairgowrie for over 60 years. I have spent all of my working life in the motor trade in various capacities. A former Captain in the local Boys Brigade Company for over 20 years and Chairman of the Davie Park Sports Association. As a community councillor I would like to assist in enabling all residents of Blairgowrie and Rattray to have a say in local matters.

Morag Young

Brian Rickwood

Brian Rickwood






I have a predominantly hospitality background, which has taken me far and wide and seen me return to Blairgowrie in 2013.  I became self employed about 20 years ago and now run my own confectionery business.  I’d love to see some better indoor/outdoor sports facilities, and improved recreation and entertainment facilities in our town along with much better town centre parking provision for tourists and residents alike.
I’m married with grown up children and grandchildren. My career in education was mainly the teaching of Geography and History to 14-16 year old pupils. After successfully completing a M.Phil degree I became the Headteacher of a Middle School in Whitley Bay. As a resident in Northumberland  I was the Chairman of a group which secured funding for a Skills Centre in an ex-mining village. On retirement we relocated to Southern Ireland and created a large garden for wildlife .While in Ireland I also served on the Board of the National Trust for Ireland [An Taisce] for five years.

We moved to Blairgowrie/Rattray in 2017 and  I’m currently helping with the Food Bank and serving  as a member of the Board  for Archaeology Scotland. I was co-opted to the Community Council in 2019.

I have always given support to the community and I have an interest in the environment, conservation and planning.

I believe it is important that local views are taken into account when decisions are made by the higher authority, Perth and Kinross Council and believe that the Blairgowrie/Rattray Community Council should  have a greater role in the decision making process.

Associate Members

Tracie Dick

Tracie Dick
Online Support

Having left Scotland to live in Lancashire when I was very young (thus the English accent), I came back to settle in Blairgowrie in 2010, the home town of my parents and where many of my extended family still live.

After 29 years in banking as a Cashier, Branch Manager, Trainer and latterly Web Developer I was made redundant. I had not planned to, but became self employed, starting a new business partnership and Social Enterprise called Nest. We provide range of creative spaces for rent, host workshops and have our own craft remnant shop. I also have my own craft business, TED Creative making and teaching all things with Crochet.

I’m a member of Perthshire Open Studios (POS) and a committee member for Blairgowrie and Alyth Adult Education Association and Blairgowrie and Rattray Timebank and a trustee of Blairgowrie & Rattray Development Trust.