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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.
 Mark Bamford
Position: Director and Treasurer
Profile coming soon.
 Ali Porter
Position: Director
Profile coming soon
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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