It has been a privilege to serve as a trustee for the past three years and if re-elected I will continue to contribute to the best of my ability with enthusiasm and commitment.
My term as a Trustee has increased my appreciation of the issues and challenges faced by the Trust. The invaluable contribution JMT plays in its vision to manage and protect wild places for the future, influencing policy making and public opinion, and campaigning for the protection of wild places, has never been more crucial than it is today.
I am a community activist born and brought up in Fort William, involved in projects and campaigns over a number of years and a member of Fort William Community Council. I am a director of the Nevis Partnership and Chair of the £3.9m Nevis Landscape Partnership programme, a community and stakeholder collaborative enterprise funded
by Heritage Lottery delivering 19 projects over five years in the Ben and Glen Nevis area, now nearing successful completion.
I have a good knowledge of the social and economic issues affecting rural areas and feel that rural communities need a strong voice. I consider it important that Trustees are drawn from members living near to our estates. If re-elected I will continue to advocate effective consultation and communication with nearby communities and encourage partnership working.
The Trust’s future lies with the younger generation and the wonderful work of the John Muir Award is essential in engaging and connecting young people to the message of protection and enhancement of our environment.
I am retired and despite the rain and midges, continue to enjoy cycling, walking and volunteering, importantly introducing my grandchildren to the delights of the Highland countryside. My overarching passion is the protection of the landscape, the environment and our rich natural heritage.
John Fox-Davies, Alex Gillespie, Mary Gillespie, John Hutchison, Helen McDade