Board of Trustees

Mike Danson (Chair)

Mike is an economics professor and moved back to Strathnairn in October 2020. He continues to research and advise governments on regional and community economic development, just transition, microbreweries and many other issues. He is delighted to be back home.

Neil Dawson (Vice-chair)

Neil lives with his wife, Ellie, and 2 littl’uns in Bunachton, having moved here in 2010. He was once a reluctant accountant, then an avid ecologist and these days does research on rural development in the tropics.

Paul Robinson (Treasurer)

Paul has lived in Strathnairn since 2013, except for a year away when they were living in the Netherlands. Overseer of two young children, and computer programmer. Paul has been a director of SCBF, and was 1 of 3 directors who oversaw the publication of the Foundation Scotland Review.

Raghnaid Sandilands (Secretary)

Raghnaid helps run the local Fèis, the talk series Farr Conversations and Fearnag Grower’s community growing project. She has a background in teaching and currently works as a translator. She has lived in the Strath for ten years.

Kirsty Adam

Kirsty has lived in Strathnairn since 1999 and have been involved in many community groups, projects and boards. She works in the Third Sector supporting Digital Inclusion. She has two almost grown daughters, many cats and is keen on gardening. 

Scott MacDonald

Scott has been a Strathnairn resident since 2012 after prolonged period overseas. Software consultant in past life now full time dad to four kids, one with complex needs requiring 24/7 care. Director of SCBF for five years and involved in other community orientated projects since. Varied interests including languages, politics generally, Scottish independence and EU specifically.

Megan Bee                                       

Megan has lived in Strathnairn since 2019. She is a Primary Teacher, specialising in Additional Needs Support. She’s got 3 young children and currently helps to run the Farr Baby and Toddler group, as well as being involved with Fearnag Growers. She’s a keen hill runner and enjoys micro adventuring with her wee people, exploring new corners and meeting new folk.  

Jillian MacLennan

Jillian lives with her husband Ruairidh and 2 young children in Achlaschoille (Farr). She is a self-employed forest manager and GIS mapper. Her work includes the management of Inverernie Forest which she has managed since 2012. When time allows, she enjoys her polytunnel and vegetable garden, cycling and swimming in Loch Farr (all year round)!