Meet our Directors
Our directors are an enthusiastic group of professionals and local people who want to shape our local area. They all have a special contribution to make to FACT and Forres.
Joanna has a particular interest, and engagement, in sustainable economic development and tourism in the Forres area. As a former chartered accountant, auditor and consultant, she has acquired considerable experience of business life, covering a wide range of types and size of organisation, both in the UK and elsewhere. She would like to see the considerable potential of the area and its people realised to the benefit of the whole community.
With 30 years’ experience of developing heritage projects and the challenges they face, Tom retired as partner of Forres-based LDN Architects in 2018. In addition to his work with FACT and the Town Hall Regeneration Project, he is currently helping local groups with heritage projects at Kinloss Abbey, Knockando Woolmill and the former Leanchoil Hospital.
Tina first moved to Forres as a member of the RAF, but having married and raised a family she has been settled here for the last 30 years. Latterly she has been employed as a primary school administrator. Having spent most of her adult life here she is committed to the area and its development for the benefit of the next generation and joined FACT to help make a positive contribution.
Bea has a background in the management of grant funds and economic development research. She is a Community Fund Coordinator with Foundation Scotland, and a trustee of the Moray Way Association and Moray Carshare. She has a specialism in the evaluation of economic development policies and programmes, having obtained a PhD from the University of Sheffield for a study assessing approaches used to revive Yorkshire’s traditional manufacturing industries.
Daughter of a Forres Loon, Sandra has lived here for nearly 40 years. Now retired, she was Head Teacher of Pilmuir Primary for 10 years and Applegrove for 16. She is a Director of Moray Waste Busters and Vice Chair of Forres Area Forum. She is a judge for Beautiful Scotland, former Chair and current Secretary of Forres in Bloom which has won many national and international awards for floral excellence and brings visitors to Forres to boost the local economy. The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society has presented her with The Dr Andrew Duncan Memorial Award for Services to Education.
Laurie is Chief Executive of Visit Moray Speyside, the destination marketing organisation for Moray. Laurie studied at Stirling University and over a 20-year career, has gained considerable experience in event management, marketing, public relations and tourism management. Laurie has held senior roles in both public and private sector organisations, from Head of Marketing at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay and Eden Court Theatre to Head of Customer Services for an arms’ length council trust with responsibility for libraries, museums, theatres and cultural facilities. Laurie is originally from Edinburgh but has lived in Forres since 2011. Laurie loves opera, David Bowie, cycling, is owned by two cats and owns two old Saabs.
Jim first came to the Forres area in 1960 with the RAF and stayed for over 4 years. When the opportunity arose for Jim and his wife to buy a local business in 1997, he was happy to return to Moray. Jim has been self-employed for most of his working life, and happiest when dealing on a face to face basis with the public.
Peter has extensive experience of the construction industry and won a prestigious award for his management of refurbishment work on Eden Court Theatre. Peter is also an active member of the Sanquhar Residents’ Association and St John’s Vestry.
Lesley was born and brought up in Forres. Her work background is in Health and Social Care. She has also run a self help group for one parent families. She is a committed Christian and has done voluntary work since retiring 13 years ago. Her special interest is in community welfare groups and in supporting FACT volunteers.
Kevin is committed to the local community, not just in his professional capacity as a Police officer with 20 years service but also in his personal time too. Married with a 14 year old son, he is also a keen volunteer who regularly gives up his free time to support community groups and events such as Forres Highland Games, Forres Osprey Trust and Forres Skate Park Initiative.