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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 fortnightly 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.

David BlairDavid Blair
Position: Chair
David is a woodsman and has been involved in the project from the start. He is passionate about sustainable living and the Transition movement. David lives at Dunbeag with his partner, Michaela and son, Angus.
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 pupilsí basic education.
Fraser BrownFraser Brown
Position: Director
Fraser has lived in the area for two years and runs a hill farm at Ormidale. He is particularly interested in assisting with the forestís housing strategy, and seeing how crofts might be introduced to the area. Fraser is also keen to help strengthen ties between the forest and the local farming community, particularly in relation to supplying timber for various agricultural purposes.
Steve WilliamsonSteve Williamson
Position: Director
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.
Rob BorrusoRob Borruso
Position: Director
Robert lives in Otter Ferry with partner and two children, when not helping out around Ballimore estate he can be found all over the country running seminars on sustainable energy use and renewables. Rob has been involved in one form or another in the project since its inception in 2005.
Willie McAllanWillie McAllan
Position: Director and Treasurer
Willie is a keen outdoors person who thinks forests are for everybody. He lives at Hope Bank, Kames, with his wife Trish.
John KingJohn King
Position: Director
John is a trained arborist and local firefighter with a passion for working the land. He is keen to get the woodland crofts up and running, seeing them as key to bringing the woodland into community useage. He is exerienced in conservation and habitat creation and not shy in getting his hands dirty, infact this might be the only time heís truly happy.
Diane WilsonDiane Wilson
Position: Director
Di is involved in various groups and activities within the local community, including helping to run the community cafť with her husband Alan. Di is particularly interested in working with local people to unlock the forestís natural heritage, as well as finding archaeological treasures! She is an active member of both the Kyles Allotment Group and the Kyles Heritage Group.
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