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.
Sandy Cumming - Director
Marjorie Hutton - Director
Andy Wright - Director
Vicky Davidson - EYCDC Coordinator
Frank Garton - Director
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.