Meet The Board Members
Scott moved from Glasgow to Ardrossan in the early noughties and immediately made it his home.
As an experienced senior manager within retail, an entrepreneur and with experience in marketing Scott set up two local businesses. Most recently employed as Head of Social & Economic Development with a local Housing Association, Scott also Heads a furniture reuse charity in Irvine.
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 Ardrossan Community Sports Hub (ACSH).
A Director and Coach at a former local Community Interest Company gym promoting fitness, Scott is now working with the Sports Hub 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.
Hugh is a 59 year old Senior Project Manager and former Senior Site Engineer employed in large Rail Engineering projects and has worked around the UK in this field for some 23 years.
Prior to that he obtained degrees in both Civil Engineering and Construction Management from Glasgow Caledonian University after returning to academic studies in his late thirties after various jobs in transport and construction.
He resides in Ardrossan on South Beach and has a keen interest in the potential for upgrades to the community areas around the town.
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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