Who's Who

Here's a short piece on each of the Directors of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company :-

Chairman - Sir Michael Strang-Steel



Michael, our Chairman is a lifelong resident of the Valleys, a landowner and an enthusiastic businessman.  He hopes to assist in sustainable economic development and to help create a better future for all in the area.  The Community Development Company has been set up to identify ways of improving the quality of life and he hopes to play his part in ensuring that this happens.




Treasurer - Jeremy Snodgrass



A retired architect, Jeremy has lived in Yarrowford and Broadmeadows for over 30 years. He has been both Secretary and Chairman of the Community Council and has also been a member of the Steering Group of the Revitalising the Valleys Project, the forerunner of the Community Development Company (CDC). As a member of that Group, he was closely involved with the Community Development Plan and setting up the CDC. He has been a Director of the CDC since its establishment and presently acts as its Treasurer.



Director - Gordon Harrison

Gordon Harrison


Gordon is Chairman of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council, and a Director of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company. He feels he has a significant grasp of the needs of the community and believes that Community empowerment is essential to enable rural communities increased control over their lives to make it a better place to be in.  
His past experience as a business consultant provides him with a huge amount of logic.  He is very enthusiastic and his drive and determination to succeed in tasks should prove to be an asset to EYCDC.




George Jack - Director



George has lived in the Ettrick Valley for over 30 years and believes he understands the needs and aspirations of the Ettrick valley and its community to which he is committed. Presently Chair of Kirkhope Parish Hall, he is committed to trying to ensure that we attempt to leave a lasting legacy for the future.

Business-wise, though retired, he is a partner in a successful small business and in the past has held a directorship in a major company.


Lynne Hume - Company Secretary



Lynne is a long term resident of the valleys with her children and grandchildren living and working in the area.  She runs a thriving business and is committed to ensuring that a sustainable future is secured for future generations.  The Community Development Company has a vital role to play and she is keen to contribute to its success in whatever ways she can.




Sandy Cumming - Director

Sandy Cumming
Sandy is a retired engineer and lives in Ettrickbridge.   In 1964 he moved to the Borders from Aberdeenshire and took up employment with Buccleuch Estates managing their workshop .  During his 45 years service with them he gained considerable knowledge in all aspects of rural life.  In the last two decades he has seen an alarming decline in the population of the valleys and would like to see a reversal so that future generations can live and enjoy the Border area.

Marjorie Hutton - Director

Marjorie has lived in Ettrick valley since 1990 and has been actively involved in the community.    She has worked for over 33 years as a Community Learning and Development worker with Scottish Borders Council in a range of roles including youth work, adult learning and community development.   She was involved in supporting the early stages of the Development Company as a member of the Steering Group from 2011 -13.  Her various roles have all involved a considerable amount of work with the Third Sector and a range of community groups and organisations. She is a member of the Development Company and has been interested in its aims and activity since it began. 

Andy Wright - Director

Originally born and educated in Edinburgh Andy's career has been in Business, working for various blue chip companies across the UK holding roles in Purchasing and Supply Chain, Marketing and Corporate Strategy. He currently holds a senior supply chain management role with a major financial institution where his team covers a budget of over £0.5bn. He has lived in the Borders for over 10 years. His partner Fiona runs the successful Fiona Henderson School of Dance based in Peebles. Together, they are both members of Ettrick & Yarrow Church where he leads the music. They both love living in the Valleys and are determined to do their bit to support the local community and playing their part in helping this area develop and prosper into the future. 

Vicky Davidson - EYCDC Coordinator

Vicky grew up on a hill sheep farm in Ettrick and both her brothers still farm in the valley. She previously worked in event management then as a BBC radio producer before moving back to the valley in 2001 with her daughter.   She represented the area on Scottish Borders Council from 2003 -2017 where she was the lead councillor for Economic Development from 2007 and for Culture, Sport and Community Development from 2012.  She is passionate about rural development and finding sustainable ways for people to continue living and working in this historic and magical area.

Frank Garton - Director

I believe the EYCDC is important because it brings together the individual members of this community into a formally recognised association. It can then deliver improvements and benefits to the community, the residents and visitors, while being answerable to those members. I am very interested in the future of Ettrick Marshes and the project to buy part of Gamescleuch forest for the community.



Andrew McKerracher - Director


I moved to Ettrickbridge with my family in 2001 when I started work with ProStrakan in Galashiels as a manufacturing chemist.  Since then I have worked for a number of companies in the LifeSciences and Aquaculture sectors, both as an employee and as a consultant.  My family has enjoyed the benefits of Kirkhope Primary since 2001 and we continue to support the school.  I am a Director of the Ettrick Forest Sports & Recreation Club and help run Brigend Week.  On the more social side I organise the Brigend Whisky Tasting Club!  I would love to see all aspects of the valleys thrive, in the hope that others will benefit from what the area has to offer, and am happy to put my time and effort into making that happen.