Who are the LCT Trustees
Day Job - Current Managing Partner of LR Associates LLP
Louise has thirty-two years’ work experience and nineteen working globally with a large range of blue chip and NGO clients as an Organisational Development consultant, facilitator, team and individual coach and mediator. After a thirteen-year career in business as an accountant and finance director of two legal firms and Rolls Royce in Scotland, she began studying psychology. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Integrative Coaching Psychology. With a United Nations International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, Louise has worked with the UN and its sister agencies. Louise moved to Ceres, Fife in 1992 with her then young son. She has lived in Lundin Links and Lower Largo since 2007. Her sense of adventure, connection to our environment and forty-odd-year passion for kayaking have inspired solo kayak journeys around the Scottish isles; also teaching sailing at Largo Bay Sailing Club and a member of our Largo and Lundie cycling club. Louise has been the Chair of the LCT since its inception in September 2017 and was a member of the Children’s Hearing Service for seven years prior to that. Both witnessing and being part of a growing community network is a challenge and a privilege.
Managing Director of Growforth Ltd (Est1990) a horticultural nursery. I also own The Plant Market at Dalgety Bay and The Green Room Florist. From 2013 – 2015 I was President of the UK Horticultural Trades Association and Chairman of the UK Board. I am pleased to have initiated and help lead the project to create Scotland’s National Garden - “The Calyx” (as yet unrealised) alongside Sir Andrew Cubie and Jim McColl CBE. I received The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s “Silver Medal” for services to Horticulture in 2017. For many years I have been actively involved with making representations to Government bodies, Government (UK and Scottish) Ministers and higher education bodies as well as charities and NGO’s. I am also a long-standing committee member of both “Garden for Life” and “Green Business Fife” groups. Most recently I was appointed a Director of “Trellis Scotland”, and I have been involved in charitable fundraising for the Children’s Hospice Association for Scotland. I have also been involved in the local Children’s Gala and Millennium committee’s where I served as chair of both. My wife Gail is a school support assistant at Lundin Mill and I am in the enviable position of living in the Main Street of Lower Largo where I step out of my house…. turn left to my garden or right to the beach. I am still enjoying an active life and have a particular interest within LCT in Largo House and Grounds.
LCT Treasurer & Credit Risk Professional. Click here to email our Treasurer.
I have lived in Upper Largo for 5 years with my husband and 3 sons. My sons attend Kirkton of Largo Primary School. I grew up in Edinburgh and studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow before moving to London. From 2000 – 2015, I worked in the credit risk area for a number of investment banks in London, and was latterly Head of Credit & Market Risk for an Islamic bank. Since moving to Upper Largo, I have been involved in setting up and running Largo Library and Community Hub and I have been a Trustee of Largo Communities Together since the start. In March 2020, I helped to launch the Largo Area Coronavirus Response Team. My main interest in LCT is restoring community access to Largo Estate as I see so much potential for my family to enjoy spending time there. I am currently Treasurer of LCT.
LCT Secretary. Click here to email our Secretary.
I have lived in Lundin Links for over 30 years with my husband, John. Following my time at Edinburgh University, my professional life of some 40 years plus, was spent in education at school, authority and national levels. Much of my time was spent working with primary and secondary schools across the East Neuk and St Andrews from Largo Bay over to the Tay Bridge areas. This afforded me an excellent insight into the local demographic and beyond. Since retiring from the Education Service, I am involved with Largo Communities Together with its values driven approach and became a trustee of the Board in April 2019. In March 2020, I joined the Largo Bay Area Coronavirus Response Team. I work with these groups in a range of ways, including writing minutes and other papers. I am presently working on the development of a Befriending Project for the Largo area. Other interests include the community choir and involvement with Fife Voluntary Action.
Trustee. Ex director of Forth Ports, Head of LCT Pier Subgroup.
I come from an old Largo family and a long line of seafarers. After an early career as a Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy where I qualified as a Master Mariner, I obtained a BSc in Nautical Studies. I then joined Forth Ports Authority (later to become Forth Port Plc) where I subsequently held a number of Senior Management positions including Port Manager at both Leith and Grangemouth. My final role was as Chief Harbour Master, Firth of Forth where I was responsible for all aspects of marine safety throughout the entire Forth Estuary and for all marine activities including pilotage, towage, dredging hydrographic surveying and the provision of navigation aids.
In 1996, I was appointed to the Scottish Coastal Forum and served there until 2010, the final five years as Chairman. I was also a member of the Scottish Canals Group and, for a number of years, served on the committee of the Forth Yacht Clubs Association. In 2008, I received an MBE for services to the environment and charities.
I have been deeply involved with Church life wherever we have lived, serving as an Elder in the Church of Scotland for over 30 years.
In 2011, I became a Board Member of Forth Coast and Countryside Trust where I continue to serve.
I am Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
We returned to live in Lower Largo in July, 2017 and in the following year I became involved in the Pier Group and Largo Communities Together. I am Chair of the Pier Sub Group and a Trustee Board Member of LCT.
Jill returned to Lundin Links in 2013, because ‘once you’ve lived in the Largo area there just isn’t anywhere else like it’. She has extensive public and voluntary sector experience and is specifically interested in creativity, inclusion and engagement, focusing on how we make and share individual and community stories. She is passionate about making a difference through people-centred practice and creating conditions that enable individual and community growth and wellbeing, using community assets and cultural resources.
After graduating from the Scottish College of Textiles, Jill worked as a freelance Community Artist, Facilitator and Trainer before joining Fife Council, initially as an Arts and Disability Officer in 1990 and then moving to work in Glasgow in1999. In July 2021 Jill retired from the role of Director of Cultural Services at Glasgow Life, the largest culture, sport and learning charity in the UK. She was responsible for strategic leadership and management of Art and Music, Museums and Collections, Libraries, Learning and Community Services. This included major capital developments, events and festivals, and community engagement programmes. She was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to Culture in Glasgow.
Jill is currently the Convenor of Creative Lives Scotland, a Trustee of the Dewar Art Awards and the National Trust for Scotland, and a Director of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.
I am a Fifer and grew up in Thornton before going to Dunfermline College in 1971. I taught PE in two Fife high schools before having a family. When I returned full-time, I taught children with profound disabilities. I moved to Lundin Links in 1985.
Since retiring in 2001, I have been a trustee with a number of charities. I have been a trustee of the Homelands Trust-Fife since 2010 and secretary since 2011. I am a volunteer in the Paxton Centre cafe at Homelands and run a weekly seated exercise class.
After attending an Eden Project Community Camp in 2017, the Big Picnic was born. I am still involved with the Eden Project through their Eden Communities Scotland Network. Following on from the first Big Picnic, I got a group of local Mums together to raise funds for the new, inclusive play park. I have spoken at several national conferences and given talks to a wide variety of groups to promote Homelands. Prior to that, I was a volunteer with Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers (FTDR), which I helped to co-found. I chaired the group for six years. At FTDR, I did the fundraising, and I was involved with auditing paths for disabled access, working with land owners and land managers to improve access to the countryside for disabled people.
I live in Lundin Links with my husband, Colin and I'm primary carer for Kitty Walker - many of you will simply know her from Facebook as M'Lady.
Trustee, Access and Assets. Click here to email Andy.
After studying Geography and the relatively early days of computing at Edinburgh and Glasgow University in the 1980s I worked in IT untiI 2006. After a stint working in IT in California my final 10 years were as Technical Director of ESRI(UK) where I had staff, technical and board responsibilities. My passion has always been for the outdoors; I've climbed all the Munros, skied and mountaineered throughout the UK , Europe, North America, New Zealand and Nepal. In 2006 I left IT and between 2007 and 2009 “converted” my personal mountaineering skills and experience into professional qualifications and retrained as a secondary school Gegography teacher. For the next 12 years I worked as an Outdoor Education Teacher for East Lothian Council. Working with all ages of school groups, and leading expeditions to The Alps and China. During this time I also started to build up my freelance business; ChilledOutdoors. In 2021 I left teaching and now work entirely freelance mostly leading treks and as a Mountain Training course provider.
In 2021, with my wife Carol, we purchased The Baptist Church in Lower Largo and developed it into The Aurrie; now a successful cafe/arts/events venue in the village. We live in Temple in Lower Largo and are both passionate about all aspects of the Largo environment. My current LCT responsibilities are chairing a group focussed on enhancing and developing all aspects of our community land assets including buildings, open spaces, walking and cycling routes.
Trustee, Friends of Largo Bay Click here to email Carol.
Two main focal points for Carol are Community and the Environment. These have been pivotal in life and career choices and are recurring themes in her creative practice as painter and mixed media artist. A qualified teacher, working in schools in Edinburgh and East Lothian, Carol led activities to encourage her pupils to engage positively with the environment in which they lived and ran environmental art classes for student teachers on postgraduate courses. Post teaching, she returned to university and graduated with a degree in painting. Her attention then turned to the positive effects of art in the community; setting up a CIC to support local artists and makers and also established artist-led collaborations. Together with her husband, Carol is the co-owner of The Aurrie, a former Baptist Church in Lower Largo functioning as a café, art and events centre. This provides employment opportunities as well as supporting local artists and makers. It provides a focus for the local community and visitors alike.
Ever mindful of the environment, Carol heads up a willing and motivated team of volunteers – all members of Friends of Largo Bay. Together they undertake activities including beach cleans, community art projects, educational outreach and biodiversity monitoring.
Trustee, Marketing and Communications. Click here to email Alastair.
I was born in Leven and grew up in Methil where my dad had a pub. I attended both Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities and started working in international marketing with Ethicon in Edinburgh. My marketing career continued with other global medical companies as well as a spell in consultancy, based in Glenrothes, with small businesses in Scotland and the North of England. I have worked abroad in the USA and Canada and prior to retirement served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications for a Finnish manufacturing company.
I have lived in Lower Largo, Lundin Links and now in Upper Largo, and, with my wife Jane (Denholm), we are enjoying being back in Fife and looking for ways to contribute to the local community in any way we can.
Treasurer. Click here to email Stuart.
Bio to follow.