About the Trust
The Port Bannatyne Development Trust was created in December 2020 and the Steering Committee was formed on 16th January 2021.
The committee is made up of a cross section of the village with long term residents and newcomers all taking an active role and using their skills and knowledge to further the development of the Community Hub.
I’ve lived in Port Bannatyne since 2017. I’m an engineer and journalist by background and ran my own technical publishing business for 30 years in Cheshire. Just over 15 year ago I instigated the Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral project in my Cheshire village. The residents voted to try to become England’s first carbon neutral community. Since then, the community has worked together to lower its carbon footprint and be more sustainable. The village has been very successful, and now has a community owned energy company, shop and recreation field. It is in the process of buying the village pub. We also won over £750,000 in grants.
I left the project in the hands of younger people when I came to Scotland – part of our project strategy of becoming sustainable over the longer term. My volunteering in the Ashton Hayes community led to me being given an honorary Doctor of Science by Chester University for community engagement.
I'm an ecologist by training but for the past 20 years most of my work has been around setting up or project managing community-led projects. These have included a new community centre on a council estate with no facilities, a community-led new build eco-housing scheme with a workshop/events space element in a refurbished Mill building, and a village hydro energy scheme funded by a £1.4M community share issue. All the projects have had a strong environmental ethos, and in between I've had various environmental policy roles.
I came to the Port in 2015 and have a small property letting business here (including bringing three flats that were completely derelict back into use in the village). I also have some ongoing work down in Lancaster, including managing the University's Bus Partnership.
I have had a flat in Port Bannatyne for 5 years, where I am spending more and more of my time.
I am a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience, predominantly in the public sector, having worked at a senior level within Glasgow City Council for 27 years. My role extends to funding bids and I have lots of useful contacts.
I love Bute, especially swimming in the sea. I am the Treasurer and active member of the Bute Wheelers. I am keen to get involved in making a positive difference for the fantastic Community spirit of Port Bannatyne.
Although I don't live full time on the island around 5 years ago I purchased a flat in the Port, which my husband and I visit as often as we can. We are involved in bringing benefit to the community by being members of the Port Gala Team - our aim is to put on the Port's Gala day as well as taking responsibility for the Christmas Lights event. This also involves other fundraising activities throughout the year.
I have worked as a secondary school technologies teacher for 13 years. Previously I was teaching at a large mainstream school and after deciding that I needed to support children develop life skills I now working in an ASN High School in Falkirk. This is both challenging and rewarding in equal measures! Currently I am involved with our School fundraising committee as well as being a centre lead for the Young Enterprise Scotland programme.
I have family connections with Bute going back to the 19th century and most of my living relatives are here. I spent all school holidays and two years of primary schooling on the Island and returned permanently on retirement in 2014 to the place I have always regarded as 'home'.
Now retired I spent most of my working life in accounting/administrative roles and latterly ran two cafes in Western Australia, discovering I had a liking for catering!!
My involvement in the formation of the National Policy for Student Funding in Scotland in the late 90s resulted from an appointment at Inverness College (later part of UHI) and expanded my experience of officialdom which has stood me in good stead since. (I note with a little pride that the current Policy still contains many familiar phrases!)
Over the years my community activities have involved the treasury and chair of a primary school board, membership and treasury of Inverness West community Council and I currently serve as treasurer of the Port Gala Group.
I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 30 years experience of both the private and public sectors having been involved in small refurbishment projects to project managing large multi million pound projects. As part of the management team of a community led registered social landlord I am currently responsible for asset management, reactive, cyclical and planned repairs along with the delivery of our new build development programme.
I love to escape to Bute when I can with my husband and son, having purchased a property in Port Bannatyne in 2018. A keen walker with the love of the outdoors and a regular volunteer helper at the Mount Stuart Parkrun.
Currently I am a committee member of the athletics club my son trains with and was previously the volunteer secretary of a not for profit breakfast and after school club for 7 years.
I have owned a property in Port Bannatyne for 13 years, have an HND in agriculture, worked on a large dairy farm near Melbourne Australia for 6 months and currently farm at home here on Bute with both a dairy herd and beef cattle supplying one of the local butchers. Keen distance runner travelling to different countries competing in marathons.
Member of many groups including Greenock Glenpark Harriers, Bute Highland Games Committee of whom I am the athletics convener organising the 10km race and junior athletics programme, also a member of Bute Wheelers and have been the main organiser for the Isle of Bute triathlon. A member of the National Farmers Union and currently on the committee as a monitor for environment and land use.
Also used to enjoy a refreshment in a Port Bannatyne pub.