Boyndie Co-op Board
The Board has been chosen to represent the local area. Board members are:
Three years ago I sought election for the first time to the Board, having previously been an ‘observer’ at meetings. During the last three years I have learned much about the governance of Boyndie WFC, and tried to put the perspective of Josephine Public to the Board’s work.
Whilst still living with my family , (all six of us are Boyndie investors) on a croft near Maud, we do have a new addition to the family since I first stood for election– a 10kw wind turbine on a 15m pole. This very small development in wind turbine terms, as well as taking two years of my life, gave me insights into the problems of getting renewable energy projects off the ground. It made me eternally grateful for the work Energy4All did with Falck to create the Boyndie Wind Farm Coop, and with it the opportunity for ordinary people in the ‘hosting’ community to benefit from investment in renewable energy, without having to personally own the land or go through the time consuming and expensive ‘developmental hurdles’, perhaps unsuccessfully.
I strongly believe that affected communities should have rights to invest in on -and off-shore wind developments. This wider ownership of energy production, would encourage accountability of planners and power generation network suppliers, as well as fostering more responsible attitudes towards energy usage by end users. My strengths are in the areas of co-operation and communication.
I have spent my working life in the retail and tourism industries, having served at both operational management and board level in both. I live in Boyndie and my home is one of the closest houses to the turbines. Naturally, this prompted me to take a keen interest in the wind farm development right from the start, and becoming a founder director of the co-op enabled me to promote active community participation in local business and local people having a say in running their communities, both of which are passions. I runs two local charities, The Boyndie Trust and The Banffshire Partnership as my paid work.
I was born and brought up in Hamilton, Lanarkshire in 1952 and lived there until February 2006.
On leaving school I joined Clydesdale Bank in Motherwell and worked my way through the ranks becoming a manager when I was 28 in the International Division in Glasgow. I had various managerial jobs, primary in Treasury, Asset & Liability Management and latterly in Treasury Compliance & Operational Risk. In 2000 I moved to work for the parent company (National Australia Bank) although I was still based in Glasgow. Following a restructuring in the organisation, I was made redundant in February 2006.
My wife and I have had a house in Portsoy since November 2002 but have been coming to Portsoy for holidays for about 35 years. On moving permanently to Portsoy, I secured a job as an Assistant Registrar with Aberdeenshire Council, which I have now left. I am also Chairman of Banffshire Partnership Ltd and Chairman of the Portsoy District Community Association which runs the Pavilion and playing fields in Portsoy.I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and have an MSc in International Banking & Finance.
I have served as a director of Boyndie Wind Farm Co-operative since the AGM in May 2008.
I am 57 years old and a partner in Johnston Carmichael LLP, Scotland’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, and work out of their Fraserburgh office. I have several clients who have Turbines so I have a professional interest in wind energy as well as a personal one. I have been on the Boyndie board for 7 years, now the last 3 as Chairman.
I have lived in Banff for some 26 years and during my time in the town have been Chairman of Banff Academy School Board and Banff Round Table. I am currently a director of Fraserburgh Development Trust and a Bakery Company.
I am a season ticket holder at Pittodrie and have enjoyed the last 2 years after many years of famine! My golfing report card continues to say “Michael is enthusiastic but he could do a lot better”.
My name is Cameron Ewen and I farm at Meikle Toux, near Cornhill. I’m married to Fiona and we have two young children, Iain and Eilidh. I’ve lived in the area most of my life, born in Banff and educated at Ordiquhill and Fordyce Primaries, Banff Academy and Agricultural College in Aberdeen. Since then, most of my working life has been on the family farm, apart from two spells abroad. Firstly, I worked for a while in the Canadian Prairies and then I was awarded a Young Farmers exchange scholarship to New Zealand.
When I was younger I was very active in the Young Farmers Movement, being Chairman at Club and District level and serving on the Area and National Committees. I was also part of the team representing Scotland at the European Rally in Denmark.
I took over the farm when I was 29 and have built up a herd of beef cattle and a flock of sheep. We also graze some of the land on Boyndie Drome. More recently, I have been involved in the National Farmers Union, being Chairman of Banffshire and the North East and also served two years as a Director. I had a further two years on the Environment and Land Use Committee, which includes renewable energy.
Christopher McKay (Portsoy)
At present I am self employed doing mainly building work, tree surgery and firewood processing. Before moving to Portsoy in 2005 I was a director with one of Rentokil Initial’s main divisions with my last three positions being Sales and Marketing Director, Operations Director and Managing Director. My last job involved running twelve huge laundries spread throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and employing over two thousand full time employees.
I believe that the more you put into your community you more you get out of it. Locally I have been an office bearer in Deveron Canoe Club, Banff Chess Club, Deveron Gymnastics, Skip to the Beat, Portsoy 75 Club, Portsoy Community Council and Portsoy Primary School Parent’s Support Group. In my spare time I am also the local Sustrans Ranger for the stretch of the National Cycle Network (from Whitehills to Cullen) that passes right by our wind farm. As a warden I am responsible for ensuring that the signs are kept clear of vegetation and replaced if damaged or vandalised. If you like to go to the theatre you may well have seen me in most of the Portsoy Players productions and pantomimes.
In terms of energy use I have been very interested in alternative technologies for decades, heat my house with wood and find the current carbon debate engrossing.
Ross Balharry (Whitehills)
I was employed in the Banking world from the day I left school in 1964 until retiring some 36 years later, in the year 2000. I commenced employment in Dundee and worked my way up in the business in various branches in the area including Perth and St Andrews and moved into management in Dunfermline. I moved to the north of mainland Scotland in further management positions and then on to senior management in Orkney. Thereafter I served as Associate Director, working on the West coast from a base in East Kilbride, until retirement.
I have been involved in numerous voluntary positions since retirement and relocation to Whitehills in Banffshire, including Director of Boyndie Windfarm Co-operative Ltd., Director of Banffshire Partnership Ltd., Chairman of Whitehills & District Community Council, Treasurer of Whitehills & District Millennium Fund, Member of the Banff (Boyndie) Airfield Trust and Commissioner of Whitehills Harbour.
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