Garve and District

Meet the Directors and Board Advisors

The Garve & District Development Company aims to regenerate and develop the community in which you live and work, now and in the future.

What are Directors and Board Advisors responsible for?

The Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • Strategic and operational planning, the creation of a Community Development Plan to meet the needs of our community
  • Commissioning a programme of new projects and upgrading existing community assets to meet these needs
  • Monitoring projects to keep them on track
  • Ensuring the company is run properly
  • The financial well-being of the company

What are Advisors responsible for?

From time to time we invite advisors to join the Board to offer their assistance and share their experience and skills. - as per Clause 75 of our Memorandum of Association.

Who are we?

Sue Tarr

Sue Tarr Director
Sue Tarr - Chair and Director

Sue is a well known supporter of community groups both here in Garve & District and in the wider Ross-shire area. Sue is a crofter who keeps cattle at Gorstan and also has a horticultural background which gives a broad range of practical skills.

I attended Garve Primary and Dingwall Academy, and know the local area well. There are challenges for small rural communities like ours, but in the Highlands we are good at coming together and helping each other out.

Sue is currently a local representative on the EDF Corriemoillie Education Fund panel, and interests include nature and wildlife.

John Bedwell

John Bedwell Garve & District
John Bedwell - Treasurer and Director 

Having worked overseas and then for 20+ years, run his business throughout the UK, John has travelled extensively but increasingly values the time spent working from home and engaging with his children, grandchildren and the wider community.

“There are some significant synergies between my professional work for Local Authorities and the challenges and great opportunities for ‘investment’ in this community, and having spent 3 years on the LCT board, I hope I can now contribute to the effective and sustainable use our ‘windfall’ funds from within the community's development company”.

John Fenwick

John Fenwick
John Fenwick - Director

John lives at Gorstan with his wife Jeanette. He joined the Garve and District Energy group to help bring the benefits of energy efficiency to the community. His house is an energy efficient “PassivHouse” but John’s zest and energy for community projects is far from passive. He greatly enjoys being part of a board leading a range of community development projects.

John moved to the Highlands from Tyneside in 2013 after retiring from a career in the NHS Path labs. An entire working life in the NHS on the shop floor and in management taught him that every problem has a solution if you’re prepared to rise to the challenge, consider all the options and get everyone on board. John’s an enthusiastic photographer. He likes to shoot mountain landscapes, but as an active member of Dingwall Camera Club has turned his hand to a variety of subjects. He organises competitions and workshops for the club as well as helping members of the Dingwall Men’s Shed with their photography. He would like to see a community club for people to share their photographs and learn from each other.

Gemah Graham

Information pending.

Alan Illingworth

Alan Illingworth
Alan Illingworth - Director

Alan is well known for his trademark hat, he and his wife live at Lochluichart.  An accomplished musician,  in the past he played with award winning 8 piece band KJB on a number of musical instruments -  Harmonica, Trombone, Guitar and Keyboard.  As a loon he started out work in Dundee for publisher DC Thomson and for a time worked in the oil industry, coastguard and was a French interpreter.  He is also a Gaelic learner and likes to paint, more recently a portrait of well-known local character, Jock Logie. 

Zoe Bedwell-Cuthbertson

Zoe Bedwell-Cuthbertson
Zoe Bedwell-Cuthbertson - Youth Advisor
I am so pleased to work with to the Board of The Garve & District Development Company as Youth Advisor. As a young person in Garve and District I really would like to have some influence on community development, especially with regard to what is available for young people in our area. 

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