Meet The Board Members
Scott moved from Glasgow to Ardrossan in the early noughties and immediately made it his home.
With a lifetimes experience in retail management, an entrepreneur and experience in marketing Scott set up two local businesses. Most recently utilising his skills within a media & marketing role with a local Housing Association and Operations Manager for one of the Association’s local charities.
Since arriving in Ardrossan and driven by the Towns beauty and opportunity for development, Scott has been involved in local community action; initially Ardrossan Town Centre Initiative and most recently working with a group of local community activists to form and become Chairperson of Ardrossan’s first Community Development Trust, as well as a Trustee of ACSH.
A former Director and Coach at a former local Community Interest Company gym promoting fitness, Scott is now working with the Trust to ensure inclusive fitness is included in Ardrossan’s future and takes leadership in the delivery of the ACSH Fitness Centre and in growing and developing its long term presence for the Town and its residents.
Having lived in Ardrossan all of his life, Michael has spent the last 2 years in Saltcoats.
Michael spent all his childhood and early adulthood in Princes St, right in the heart of the Town, with South Beach, down the “inches” and Ardrossan harbour as his playgrounds and remembers Ardrossan as a busy place “full of life” and a great place to live. He was educated in Ardrossan and remembers the walk to and from St Peters in all weathers, with great fondness.
Having served his apprenticeship in engineering with ICI in Stevenston, Michael went on to work in many engineering projects at home and away and spent 2 enjoyable periods at Ardrossan shipyard. Following this Michael expanded his career into Social Services and spent many years working in, and retiring from Elderly Services in the local area.
Michael has always been involved in local groups and issues of importance and was involved in the successful campaign to keep the Arran Ferry sailing from Ardrossan. Having a great interest in local history he is a trustee of the Castle Heritage Society working to promote the Town’s historic castle and graveyard. A founding member of the Ardrossan Town Centre initiative which evolved into the ACDT.
With a great love for Ardrossan and its people, Michael is an asset to the Trust and works with the community to deliver projects that will secure Ardrossan’s future with a sympathetic nod to its past, and ensuring a Town that the next generation can be proud of.
Christine has lived most of her life in Ardrossan, aside from a short period in Saltcoats and worked in Saltcoats Jobcentre for 35 years from the age of 17 and left after a period of critical illness.
Christine is now a training manager working to train people in ASN childcare and has helped create several local companies to assist the local economy. Christine and her husband set up home back in Ardrossan and created the NHW for the area and then progressed into a Resident and Tenants Association.
She joined the ACDT after it evolved from the Ardrossan Town Centre Initiative, managed by a volunteer committee with a new vision for the Town driven by the wishes of the people who live and work in Ardrossan.
Christine’s family grew up, were educated and work in Ardrossan. She is passionate about her Town and wants it to be a happy place for the next generations, to come, live and grow.
Amanda has lived in Ardrossan for most of her life, having grown up in Paisley. Despite moving here as a teenager, she has fond childhood memories of the town and South Beach, having visited regularly to see her grandparents who lived here. She still works in Paisley, as a lecturer in Psychology at University of the West of Scotland.
Amanda is a founding member and Trustee of Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society. She has been the Secretary for nearly a decade. It is hard to pin down what Amanda is most proud of about the work of the Castle group….winning the competition to become a National Hidden Gem of Scotland? Being the first group in the country to receive Our Place 2 National Lottery funding for 3-years of the highly successful Ardrossan Castle Carnival? Hosting the first archaeological investigation in 100 years inside the castle? Watching young members’ faces as they uncovered the writing on grave markers in the Church never seen before, or uncovering the first known sighting of the Parish Church floor in history? All of the above and more, definitely!!
It is Amanda’s dream to see the town thriving as a positive tourist destination, bringing jobs and industry to the town. She particularly wants to see more employment opportunities for young people and those who want to work close to home. Some of the projects she is looking forward to delivering for Ardrossan include the Sustrans Cycle Network improvement programme (Ardrossan Connections) and the proposed Ardrossan Castle Heritage Hub study which aims to develop a plan for a small visitor building near the Castle to help develop the site as a visitor destination.
Viki was nominated at the 2021 AGM and joined the Board of the Trust on 30th June 2021.
She moved from Saltcoats to Ardrossan at the age of two with her parents who set up a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme in Ardrossan; and later the Residents and Tenants Association. Her Dad was also involved with the Ardrossan Community Council with meetings and summer barbeque held at the family home.
Viki grew up with a strong sense of local community and empowerment and as an adult has become more and more involved in community activities and projects and now wants to have a more direct impact in Ardrossan’s growth and future. She is passionate about her Town, its shorefront and stunning views to Arran and Ailsa Craig, her hobbies, when not walking her dog on the beachfront include nature watching, especially bats and foxes.
Viki commented “My decision to join ACDT as a director was to help build my town and make it a place people love to live and want to visit. I am proud to be working with ACDT”
June was nominated at the 2021 AGM and joined the Board of the Trust on 30th June 2021.
June was born in Glasgow, and as most Glaswegians do came to the coast during the Glasgow fair and later at 11 years old with her parents moved to Saltcoats then at age 14 moved to Ardrossan which has been her home ever since.
Having had aspirations to be active in making Ardrossan a better place to live, June followed the Ardrossan Town Centre Initiative (ATCI) and then became a member of Ardrossan Community Development Trust (ACDT) and decided the time was now right to get involved in making Ardrossan a better place for residents and visitors alike.
June was nominated as a director at the ACDT AGM held via Zoom on the 30th June 2021 and was excited to accept. This is a totally new experience for June and she looks forward to continuing the work already started by the Trust and get actively involved to further develop and progress the communities ideas.
“I have long wanted to do something to help make Ardrossan a better place to live”
Elizabeth was nominated at the 2021 AGM and joined the Board of the Trust on 30th June 2021.
A local resident all her life, Elizabeth left school and, amongst other things, worked at Abbotsford Nursing Home in the Town for 10 years as a cook.
Elizabeth has also been heavily involved in the operation of the Whitlees Centre for many years and was also the café cook for 3 years before retiring. She is inspired in her retirement to continue to assist at the Whitlees Centre and helps out wherever she can. After learning of the Community Development Trust, their engagement with the community and plans to raise funds and develop Ardrossan for its residents and visitors she had to get involved. Having been nominated at our AGM in June 2021, she joined our Board.
“I love helping the community and do all I can to help”
Julia was nominated at the 2021 AGM and joined the Board of the Trust on 30th June 2021.
Julia was born and brought up in Ardrossan and was educated at Stanley Primary School and Ardrossan Academy. After leaving school she spent 22 years working in McLaren Nursery followed by a few years in retail before going into the care sector.
Julia has been involved in the Whitlees Community Centre since 2014. Feeling that the centre wasn’t delivering what it should for the people of Ardrossan, local residents solicited Julia asking her to help and a vote was held in 2016 that seen the new committee voted in and huge improvements on what the Centre delivered for Ardrossan and its local community and she is still heavily involved in the activities of the centre to this day. Aside from this Julia is also a mother of 3 and is involved in other local community groups including ACDT becoming a director in June 2021.
Julia is passionate about her Town and it’s future and helping its residents wherever she can. She has many years experience of volunteering and community and wants to be involved in shaping Ardrossan’s regeneration and future, ensuring that local residents are at the heart of change and have their voice and plays an important role within the Trust.
“I want to see more in Ardrossan that’s why I’m involved with ACDT to keep Ardrossan growing”
Marisa was nominated at the 2021 AGM and joined the Board of the Trust on 30th June 2021.
Marisa’s family has always been born and bred in Ardrossan and apart from her living for 5 years as a ‘Doonhamer’ in Dumfries in the late eighties she has always lived here. She is a Nurse Lecturer at the University of The West of Scotland responsible for teaching Post graduate Specialist Community Health Nurses and they continue to come from all over the United Kingdom to study on her Programme and she is very proud of all her Graduates.
Marisa also has a strong sense of Community and more recently when she has had more time when she is not helping to look after her 5 Grandchildren she loves walking – having proudly completed the West Highland way a few years ago, she is also passionate about the Town, in particular the Shore front and the Cannon Hill. Marisa was delighted to join the ACDT as a Director and is proud to be able to work the rest of the team.
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