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The Board

Organisational structure

There are seven volunteer directors on the Board who deliver the strategic vision, each designated responsibilities which complement the skills they bring. In this manner the key tasks are project managed to specific deadlines and within financial boundaries. The Board meets monthly to discuss progress and strategy.

There are currently four paid staff members managing the day to day operations, each with skills in different areas of the organisation, from practical forestry and project management, to administration and marketing. Each member of staff has a line manager, an informal mentor, and all are supported by an internal HR person. The company Treasurer manages the day to day finances of the charity.

There are currently 200 members on the charity’s membership list. Only permanent residents in Kilfinan who are on the electoral roll can be full members. For those who don’t fulfil these conditions, we accept associate members. Associate members cannot vote at KCFC meetings, but their contribution is always welcome.
*To qualify as a competent body and undertake applications for Community Right to Buy we had to restrict our full membership in this way.

New directors are always welcome, if you feel you would like to get involved, please contact the office on 01700 811159 or speak to any of the directors.

Di WilsonDi Wilson
Position: Secretary
Di is involved in various groups and activities within the local community, including helping to run the community cafe with her husband Alan. Di is particularly interested in working with local people to unlock the forests natural heritage, as well as finding archaeological treasures! She is an active member of both the Kyles Allotment Group and the Kyles Heritage Group.
Fiona HamiltonFiona Hamilton
Position: Director
Fiona has lived in the area for 28 years and has been interested in plans for the forest since they were first mooted. Head Teacher at Tighnabruaich Primary School, Fiona is passionate about outdoor learning, and as Forest School Leader she ensures pupils make the best use of the wonderful resource on their doorstep throughout the year. Fiona is keen to strengthen links between the school and KCF, and encourage an understanding of the forest as part of pupils basic education.
MaryLou AndersonMaryLou Anderson
Position: Director
As a Permaculture designer MaryLou is passionate about co-creating resilient systems in communities and has previously worked in another community forest collaborating on a Forest School site. She has worked in community and outdoor education for the past twelve years and currently co-manages an outdoor school for teens. MaryLou is looking forward to supporting the various regenerative projects happening at KCFC.
David BlairDavid Blair
Position: Director
David lives with Michaela and Angus in a wooden house in the woods on the Duin on the edge of Tighnabruaich. He manages woodland, builds stuff out of wood, runs a hydro electric scheme and is a founder member of KCFC.
Nikki BrownNikki Brown
Position: Treasurer/Director
Nikki has been involved with Kilfinan Community Forest in various capacities since 2013. She has a background in community development, PR and business management. Her current focus is on building sustainable growth for KCFC and the wider area.
Steve WilliamsonSteve Williamson
Position: Chairman
Steve has run his own businesses in the area for the past 20 years. He believes that we need to realise the potential of our natural assets to help reverse the decline of our fragile rural economy.
Mark BamfordMark Bamford
Position: Director
Mark has previously managed a sustainability and permaculture site and is a keen green woodworker. He is interested in using the forest as an educational and health resource for local people as well as promoting sustainable development of natural resources to a wider audience.
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