Board of Directors

KAREN ASTILL

 

 

 

 

Karen moved to Dunphail in 2014 and soon volunteered for the role of secretary of Edinkillie Community Association. She currently works for NHS Grampian at Dr Gray’s Hospital and likes to spend her free time out in the countryside with her husband and two dogs.

EMMA SEDGWICK

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Emma moved to Finderne in 2014 to join a local law firm, specialising in rural property and business.

She is passionate about sustainable rural development and supporting the FDT in implementing its objectives for the long term benefit of the community.

Emma enjoys exploring Finderne with her family and dog.  She finds inspiration in the woods and local wildlife and enjoys nature photography.

BRIAN HIGGS

 

 

 

 

Brian retired from his role as Malt Distilling Director for Diageo in 2014 after 30 years with the Scotch Whisky maker. He is married to Sarah and has two daughters (Jennie, a Psychiatrist, and Emma, a Personal trainer).

After 34 years in the area he can think of nowhere else as “home” and is passionate about the Finderne Development Trust becoming a leading force for the benefit of the local community.

JIM MCKAY

 

 

 

 

Jim has lived and worked in Moray for more than 30 years. His family were all brought up and schooled in Forres. He is a lawyer and has run his own firm since 1998. His interests are in mountains, rivers and the sea.

CARLO MIELE

 

 

 

 

Carlo has had a career in retail, owning a long-established family business. He currently continues to own and manage an ice cream manufacturing business. He has established himself in the tourism market running a successful holiday apartment business.

Carlo has been involved in many charitable fundraising activities mainly through Rotary and his passion and commitment to local activities in Moray have been recognised when he was awarded the honour of Burgess of Forres.

Carlo served as a committee member for BBC Children in Need for 5 years on a national level being part of the decision making around funding awards across Scotland. Carlo was one of the founding Directors of Piping at Forres.

He is married to Fiona, and is proud father of Ryan (Counsellor and Psychotherapy) and Rhianna (Midwife)

STEPHEN NASRAT 

Stephen lives with his wife and son in Rafford, having moved to the Finderne area in 2015. A member of the Rafford Village Hall committee, he enjoys volunteering in the community, as well as exploring the local environment as a keen runner and cyclist. Stephen works as the Application Support Engineer and Performing Arts Technical Project Manager at Gordonstoun School, having had twenty years experience in the arts sector as a theatre technician. 

TIM HURST 

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Tim Hurst has lived in Rafford since 2006 along with his wife and three children. Having served in the RAF, they fell in love with the area during their final posting and bought a home in Upper Rafford which they have renovated and extended. The children, having been schooled at Logie Primary School, have now grown and moved out of the family home. 

In his professional life Tim is a chartered engineer and is currently the Managing Director of Wave Energy Scotland (WES), a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with the objective of developing innovative solutions to the technical challenges facing the wave energy sector. He has also managed a number of renewable energy projects including the Isle of Eigg Community Renewable Energy project. 

Tim continues to enjoy all that the area has to offer, both locally and further afield. Personal interests include keeping fit and enjoying the outdoors whenever he can, his activities of choice include mountain biking, kayaking and kitesurfing. 

Tim’s wife, Nancy, runs a small training business from their home and also enjoys the great outdoors. Nancy’s parents have also moved to the area. 

With the children slowing becoming financially self-sufficient Tim hopes to be able to semi-retire in the near future. Both Tim and Nancy feel a desire to put something back into the community that has served them and their children so well these past 15 years. 

CO-OPTED DIRECTORS

JO LAING

 

 

 

Jo moved to Dunphail in 2013. She and her husband Alec help run his family’s estate at Logie where they live with their three young children.

 

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