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SCD Directors 2017

The Board of Strathdearn Community Development Company, 2017

Richard Cooling 

Dr Richard Cooling (Chairman)

Former Medical Director of a large NHS Primary Care Trust and Senior Partner of a 6-Partner General Practice that he grew from scratch over 25 years. Chaired a small medical charity for 20 years and served on, chaired and advisor to numerous government agency committees. Skilled in strategic analysis, project development, fund and organisational governance, change management, and interpersonal skills. Experienced public speaker.

 Duncan Bryden

Duncan Bryden (Director – lead in Paths project)

An international consultant in rural development projects and university lecturer in visitor management. Duncan brings skills focused on strategic planning, evaluation, funding and management with specialisms in sustainable tourism and visitor management, consultation and governance in community projects. He has lived with his family in Strathdearn for 26 years.

 Steve Cormack

Steve Cormack (Director, lead in Broadband project, website manager)

I am a self-employed craftsman who's lived and worked in Tomatin since 2000. With my partner Fran,  I run two small manufacturing and retail businesses. We wholesale buttons, brooches and loaded dice, and retail various garment and games products through our websites. Twenty years of building and managing our online shops gave me the experience to redesign our community website. It's now better able to keep the community informed and contribute to our daily life.

 James Duncan

James Duncan (Director, representing Community Trust, lead on Strathdearn Hall)

As a joiner in the building trade James Duncan has owned his joinery business in Strathdearn for twenty years and has experience in design and build projects from procurement to completion also vast experience in building maintenance and refurbishment, experience in negotiating with architects, engineers and clients. Has lived most of his life in Strathdearn.

 Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner (Director, lead on finances, director of White River Trading)

Graduate Associate member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA qualified). Worked in many roles across a range of industries - manufacturing, retail, logistics and sales. Currently Financial Controller with a local company with responsibility for all aspects of finance.  I moved to Strathdearn in 2004 as a result of my husband's job. We spent a few years abroad returning to Strathdearn in 2012. Work and chauffeuring teenagers in and out of Inverness keep me busy.

 Frank Roden  

Frank Roden (Director - lead in Home Carers project)

I have the remit for the health and social care of the population in the Strathdearn area which coincides with my background as a semi-retired university Teacher in Mental Health Nursing which also involved managing a large team, and I continue to practise as a Group Analytical Psychotherapist within New Craigs Hospital Inverness. I am also very aware of the serious impact physical and medical issues affect the local community and the importance of ensuring a continued multidisciplinary approach to managing these issues.

 Margaret Saunders

Margaret Saunders (Director – representing Community Council, director of White River Trading)

I have been involved with different rural community groups for more years than I care to admit to.  I have lived in rural communities for most of my life and been a community councillor in three different rural communities. I am the Strathdearn Community Council representative on the board.  I was brought up in splendid isolation three miles from the nearest shop, a mile from the nearest bus stop and a mile from the nearest neighbour.  I understand the subtleties of rural life; the strength of community support; the comfort of a supportive community; the frustrations of community living; and the practical problems of living in rural communities. In the nine years when I enjoyed ‘city’ life I was a director of an organisation run on cooperative lines and I am also involved with several other memberships groups.  I have worked in both the public and private sectors, small and large organisations and am now self-employed. I believe in a community that is strong enough to look after itself and outward looking enough to embrace differences and new ideas.  Sounds too good to be true? Well, I try to work towards this aim.


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