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 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.
Daphne Jackson - Director
Daphne has lived on her family farm in the Ettrick Valley since 1974 and started a tourism business on the farm in 1975 - the first business in South Scotland to gain Gold from the Green Business Scheme. She has been involved in many valley clubs/projects including being a past chair of Ettrick Marshes Steering Group & a former Trustee of Borders Forest Trust. She was also involved in the start of the Southern Upland Partnership. She has been a member of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council since 1997 & previously was treasurer. Working at Ettrick School until its closure, she is now heavily involved with the James Hogg Exhibition and was invited to join the Regeneration of the Valleys steering group & became a founding director of Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company. She has a keen interest in conservation, community & in working for the future of the valleys for the next generation.
Caitlin Hume - Director
Caitlin spends her time looking after her wee ones, helping on the farm (Sundhope, Yarrow), volunteering for a gundog rescue and doing nights at a care home.
She is very interested in the valleys and redeveloping them as a place that people want to live, work and socialise in again
Sandy Cumming - Director
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 Davison - EYCDC Coordinator
Vicky is a member of Scottish Borders Council, and is one of the 3 elected members representing the Selkirkshire Ward. She has long been a champion for the cause of rural communities, and was the driving force behind SBC’s “Rural Proofing” policy.