Our board consists of up to 12 voluntary positions elected by the membership with up to three co-opted positions to attract particular skills on to our board. Each of the voluntary board members assumes a responsibility on a working group or for a particular area of work (e.g. finance, communication, governance etc). Our board has an excellent range of ages, backgrounds, skills, expertise and local knowledge. You can read our board minutes here.
William Levack (Vice Chair)
- Lt Col William Levack retired from the Army with 38 years operational and staff experience. His last Army role was commanding Defence Training Estates Scotland, a unit that manages, maintains and develops ranges, training areas and camps throughout Scotland on behalf of all three Services.
- William has experience in managing and supervising PPP contracts, project and facilities management and managing substantial budgets. William is on the Cultybraggan Camp and Site Management Working Groups.
Andrew Reid (Company Secretary)
- Andrew Reid was brought up in Edinburgh. He has an MA degree in English Literature and Language from Aberdeen University and a postgraduate MSc degree in Social Studies from Oxford University, where he also gained a professional social work qualification.
- From 2001 for 10 years, Andrew worked on a consultancy basis with a range of national and local voluntary organisations and statutory bodies, including local authorities and NHS Boards, the Care Commission, Audit Scotland and the Scottish Government.
- Andrew had a close working relationship with third sector organisations, including as Board Chair of the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disabilities. Although Andrew only moved to Comrie at the end of 2014, and knows he is a newcomer, he expects to be living in Comrie for a long time and wants to contribute to the community as an active board member of CDT.
Bob Hughes (Treasurer)
- Bob is a retired Chartered Management Accountant with more than 35 years experience in business, mainly in the electronics industry, but more recently as Business Analysis Manager for the Gleneagles Hotel.
- Bob enjoys challenges. When he’s not wrestling with the business complexities of CDT, he runs up and down hills, does fiendish sudoku puzzles, and enjoys cultivating produce at his big allotment at Cultybraggan Camp!
- Bob’s main objective as Treasurer of CDT is to support the Board in achieving long-term financial sustainability for Cultybraggan Camp and CDT as a whole. Bob is Chair of both the Cultybraggan Camp and Renewables and Resources Working Groups.
- Sharon is an experienced economic development and place promotion manager specialising in tourism and inward investment.
- Sharon got involved with CDT because of Comrie’s ‘can do’ spirit and wanted to give something back to the community following such a positive welcome to her and her family. Sharon is Chair of the CDT Sports & Recreation working group and now leads the newly reinvigorated Comrie Foundation (CDT’s fundraising arm) and has actively participated in the Heritage Group, Cultybraggan Working Group and the Communications & Events Working Group.
- Her objectives are to focus on getting the remaining £280,000 debt paid off from the community buy-out, creating a network for businesses to work together to keep spending local and help visitors maximize their stay and developed the living heritage attraction at the camp.
- Chris Palmer has been on the CDT Board since the Trust was established in 2007.
- Chris is a landscape architect, working in the village. His focus of interests have been on the Cultybraggan Camp Working Group, Woodland Working Group and Renewables and Resources Working Group.
- Volunteer work has included preparation of Planning Applications for change of use of huts and land at the Camp, updating Strategy plans, setting up plans for the allotments and plot sales in the Commercial Quadrant, Phase 1 plans for the Sports Quadrant, helping with the habitat survey and community woodland proposals for the CDT hill land, regular volunteering on the Sunday Orchard Group work days and volunteer grass cutting. Chris has also been a point of Contact between Forest Enterprise Tayside and the Community to facilitate discussions on the 10 year plan for Laggan Wood.
- David has been in the construction industry for 40 years. David is Vice Chair of Comrie Community Council, a Member of Comrie Flambeaux Committee and President of Strathyre Gun Club.
- David has lived in Comrie all of his life and is actively involved in the community. David is on the Sports and Recreation Working Group.
- Blair worked many years as a freelance photojournalist in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, starting at the “Highland
News” in 1973. Briefly worked in Film and Documentary as a director and taught film making at Heriot
- More recently developed interests in software engineering and ecommerce, opening a dot com business in the export of Tartan goods in the former Tartan Museum in Comrie. Now semi-retired, and busier than ever, developing new ideas for film and leisure photography.
- Blair chaired the Free Huts project through development, and it is now fully operational under the title, the “Repair and Lease Scheme” in the care of the Site Management Group”. He also takes a role in Communications, Renewables and Events including “Apple Day”. He currently runs the Grass Cutting Rota.
- Fiona moved to Comrie some 20 years ago. It has been a wonderful place to bring up her two children and be a part of. Fiona has been involved with many groups in the village, from Mother and Toddlers to the PTA and
now the Comrie Heritage Group and on the Board of the CDT.
- Fiona is very passionate about the heritage of both Comrie and Cultybraggan Camp and has been involved in bringing the two together with the village Tea Dances, WW2 Re-enactment Days and the new Comrie Visitor Centre. Fiona is down to earth and practical and hopes she represents the general ground roots feeling in the village on the Board.
- Christian Campbell has known and loved this area since 1975 when her parents moved to St Fillans, her mother later to Comrie. Christian moved here, full time, in 2003, from Edinburgh where she had been based for most of 32 years working in IT.
- She believes that it is important to save the heritage of our area so that everyone can find out about its past. By learning about the mistakes of the past, we can build a better future. She was an original and active member of the Comrie Heritage Group and wants to see the camp preserved and the opening of a museum, not only containing Militaria and displaying the life of the Camp but also the heritage of Comrie and District be it Neolithic, Roman or Modern.
Our staff (left to right):
Naomi Clarke is our Environments & Estates Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Heming is our Finance Officer – email@example.com