The Garioch Partnership
The Garioch Partnership Board comprises of volunteers who support the aims of the Partnership.
John is a former IT Project manager dealing with various external customers for BT where he has worked for over 34 years. His previous history within the company has seen him involved with Billing Applications, Software Development – winning external National Awards, Data Transmision, Private Circuits, and Exchange and Customer maintenance. John has been involved in Community Groups since 1980 as an Assistant Scout Leader, a founding member of Inverurie Hockey Club, District and National Hockey Official, Umpire and Coach, and Chairman of the Garioch Sports Trust for over 16 years. John has assisted in projects with other community groups in and around Inverurie including Inverurie Community Development Group and now “The Garioch Partnership”. John is married with twin daughters, who have left secondary education, he still enjoys playing Hockey (although getting long in the tooth and short of breath), music and most other sports, but best of all, a beer and chat with friends, new and old.
After graduating from University of Aberdeen in 1994 with a degree in Agricultural Business Management, Kay worked in industry before embarking upon a 10 year career in the education sector, which, aside from teaching to postgraduate level, saw Kay become involved in various education and consulting projects. During this time, Kay qualified with a Teaching Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Management and Marketing (University of London) as well as the MBA (University of Glasgow). Kay is also a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI). In August 2004, Kay started her own company, Diack Associates Ltd, which specialises in business and fundraising for small business and third sector (not-for-profit) businesses. Kay is involved in a large range of local projects from village halls and community facilities to working with Inverurie and District Connect Magazine for business and disabled groups. She is married to Allan, and they jointly own and manage Diack Autos in Inverurie. They have one son and live locally.
Graham brings to the Partnership years of experience as a Company Director and Business Manager, his current focus being in cost and purchase management within the financial sector. Graham formerly served on Newmachar Community Council for a period of 8 years where he took particular interest in local infrastructure and youth projects. Graham has been Chairman of Newmachar Community Hall Association since its inception and is currently Chairman of the newly formed SCIO which replaces the previous charitable organisation. Graham has been a resident of Newmachar since 1977 and shares a great interest in the community. Both his daughters were brought up in Newmachar and now one of his two granddaughters attends school there.
Marion is originally from Irvine in Ayrshire and moved to Aberdeenshire with her parents in 1981. She now lives in Inverurie since her marriage in 1988. She has twin daughters. Since leaving school Marion has worked in administration for a variety of companies including GL Electronics, BP and Inverurie Hospital. She moved to her current position at St Andrew’s Parish Church in 1998. Marion is an Elder at St Andrew’s Parish Church and is actively committed to her church as Treasurer, having previously served as Clerk to the Congregational Board. She is treasurer for Buzz (formerly Garioch Musical Society) and the youth Group GYMS. She is also a loyal supporter of Barnardo’s having served on the local fundraising committee for a number of years. Marion is interested in music, and musical theatre, cross stitch and cooking, and very much enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Hi, my name’s Nom Wright and I was invited to become part of the Board here at TGP. I live in Insch and have various connections to local groups – Insch Community Association, Inspiring Insch, Bennachie Leisure Centre, holding a variety of office bearer roles. Also a local rep on the Garioch and North Marr Community Safety Group and the Central Aberdeenshire ADP [Alcohol and Drugs Partnership]. I have prior knowledge of the Partnership having worked with them on the Inside Insch project which resulted in our local Community Action Plan. My daytime role sees me working with a variety of communities in the Garioch area as Community Waste officer for the area. I have found that having links to communities via personal interests is of benefit to my day time role. Networking is the key to effective communities. Dinnae need tae ken athing – ye jist need tae ken the richt fowk in the richt places. I firmly believe that each community has the capacity to change things that matter to them. They just need to harness all available skills and have a cohesive approach.
Previous Board Members:-
Thanks to the below for sterling service to TGP.
William Conn 2012 – 2014
John Sinclair 2012 – 2015
Audrey Findlay 2014 – 2016
and all who served in the steering group.