Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council

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Our Members

Elected Members

Elaine Forrest

Elaine Forrest
Chair

I moved to Rattray ten years ago. Most of those years were spent commuting between Rattray and Perth where I owned a chocolate business. I closed my shop in June 2016 and moved my business to Rattray in order to enjoy the outstanding countryside and spend less time in the car. I attend Growbiz meetings and spend as much time as I can spare, walking and gardening and getting to know my neighbours and the community.
Ian Richards

Ian Richards
Vice Chair

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.
Pat McGregor

Pat McGregor
Treasurer

I have lived here all my married life and worked in the Clydesdale Bank before working in Home Help and Nursing Home administration. I had a babywear and nursery shop in Reform St before I retired. All my family live in Blair so I am interested in sport & recreational activities for young people, environmental issues and future developments to the town. My own hobbies are walking, gardening, genealogy, reading science fiction & crime novels and cryptic crosswords & killer Sudoku. My pet hates are noise, litter and weeds!
Stuart Nichol

Stuart Nichol
Secretary

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.

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.

Diane Cushnie

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.

Brian Smith

Brian Smith

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.

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-profile

Morag Young

I moved to Blair when I was 3 and went to primary school here, high school in Perth and university in Dundee. I have a predominantly hospitality and catering background, which has taken me far and wide, working in management for a couple of blue chip multinationals then, seeing the light, became self employed about 13 years ago and met my husband a short time later.

I enjoy DIY and all kinds of sports from skiing to roller derby and am a member of the Perth Women’s Flat Track Derby team, the Fair City Rollers. I would love to see the introduction of some all weather, all inclusive, indoor and outdoor sports, recreation and entertainment facilities in our wonderful town.

Associate Members

Andrew Lang
Associate Expert
Sandy Mitchell
Associate Expert
Aaron Cannon – SCYD
Youth Member
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

I’m a bit of a crochet queen and Chair of the Association of Blairgowrie Craftworkers (ABC), a member of Perthshire Open Studios (POS) and I run 2 crochet evening classes for the Blairgowrie and Alyth Adult Education Association.

I am a partner in Create at NEST, renting space to the creative community and have my own business ‘Tartan TED Creative’ based on the fisrt floor at NEST providing web services, classes and worshops in crochet and decoupage and selling my handmade crafts. I also run a scrapstore selling remnant craft supplies.