Ailsa Campbell – Chair, Town Centre Group Lead
Elizabeth Bell – Secretary
Claire Sanville – Membership Secretary
Mirela Macinnes – Treasurer
Ann Ross – Fundraising
Charles Crookshank – Fundraising
Gil Martin – Fundraising
Ian Christie – Town Centre Group
Jim Anderson – Paths Group Lead
Peter Littwin – Town Centre Group
Rona McCarra – Fundraising
Ailsa Campbell moved to Crieff from Vancouver, Canada in 2000. She is married to Iain Campbell of Campbell’s Bakery, which has had its shop at 59 King Street in Crieff since 1929. A professional graphic designer for over twenty years, Ailsa joined Iain in running the family business in 2013 when juggling her work, the bakery, community and raising their two children became a bit much! Ailsa keeps her creative juices flowing lending her design skills for the community, designing street banners as well as various other visual communications. Ailsa was on the steering group for the Crieff Succeeds BID and is now a director of Crieff’s BID.
Elizabeth (Beth) Bell finally moved permanently to Crieff after visiting the town regularly for more than 20 years. Born in Seattle, she first moved to Scotland in 1997 to do her Masters Degree at the University of St. Andrews. This followed a varied career in banking, corporate finance, and a brief stint working for the US Government in Washington, DC. For over 20 years she has worked in golf tourism throughout Scotland and Ireland. As well as golf, she enjoys sailing, hillwalking, reading and travelling. She and her husband, David, have one daughter and two labradors — all of which keep her busy, active and focussed. Beth is passionate about Scotland, its history, its people and its trees. So Crieff, here in the heart of Scotland and the heart of ‘Big Tree Country,’ is the perfect location for her. She looks forward to making a positive contribution through the Trust to the town and community that has brought her so much happiness over so many years.
Mirela MacInnes: It’s fair to say that Mirela has a good head for numbers. She is a qualified teacher of Mathematics and has taught maths in international schools in Dubai and Doha. Since moving to Crieff with her family in 2010, she has also taught at Morrison’s Academy, Strathallan Academy and Perth Academy. More recently, she decided to study for a diploma in Financial Accounting at Perth College as a way of expanding her career options. Mirela also loves gardening – and to fully enjoy the fruits of her labours, she is an accomplished maker of jam, juice and wine. She is also a (relatively new) member of the Strathearn Harriers and a member of the parish church choir.
Jim Anderson is a retired civil engineer whose career has taken him to work in various countries around the world. In the ’70s and early ’80s he worked for consultants on the construction of major ports in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. He and the family moved to Crieff in 1978 and since then he has found Crieff a suitable base for commuting to work anywhere: Glasgow on the development of Wave Power renewable energy; London on the M25; and since the mid ’80s overseeing contracts throughout Scotland and internationally whilst working for an international contractor. His wife is originally from Crieff and they have two daughters.
Ann Ross has lived in this area for most of her life. She was educated at Morrison’s Academy as were her three children who, with her grandchildren, return to the area as often as possible. Her husband, a retired seafarer, is Treasurer of Crieff Parish Church. Ann has a Masters degree in Education and, though originally a PE teacher, retrained as an Additional Needs teacher specialising in behaviour difficulties working between Crieff and Auchterarder until she retired. She currently works part-time at Crieff High School. She was governor of Morrison’s Academy for eight years, is secretary of the local branch of RNLI and an elder of the Parish Church.
Peter Littwin was born, brought up and educated in Crieff. He has a BA in Social Work from Robert Gordon’s University. Peter is married with two children and two grandchildren. In the past Peter has worked for British Rail, Royal Mail, Clackmananshire Council and Perth and Kinross Council. He has 25 years experience in Social Care and Social Work with strengths in welfare and mediation.
Ian Christie currently works for a major civil engineering company where he manages one of the country’s largest rock drilling and blasting divisions. He moved to Crieff 30 years ago primarily due to its central location, and ease of access to all parts of the UK.
Married to Karen, who owns the Fun Junction toy shops in Crieff and Perth, they have brought up 4 daughters who have all now left home to follow their own careers, however they very much see Crieff as home and return as often as possible.
Rona McCarra is a reasonably recent retiree from a teaching career which began in Home Economics and ended in Support for Learning. She has lived in Crieff for over thirty years. Rona and her husband Pete and have brought up their family here, and enjoy being part of the community. Being retired allows some time to become more involved.
Gil Martin moved to Crieff with his wife Alison in 2015. He has a longstanding association with Crieff and Strathearn having been educated locally. He is now retired from a career in management consultancy, business management and IT system sales, with focus on the transport, defence and security sectors. Gil has worked in the UK, Europe, North America and Africa to deliver IT projects to public and private sector clients. Skills include strategy development, large project negotiation and sales, project development, integration and delivery. He is active in a number of local cultural and arts initiatives. With the move to rural Scotland he is now enjoying climbing in the Scottish hills and cycling when not gardening.
Charles Crookshank moved to Crieff in 2011 to be nearer his family. He has been a Financial Adviser since 1993. Prior to that he worked in Lloyds of London in the aviation reinsurance market. Charles is married to Kathryn. They have three grown up girls. He loves sailing, walking the hills, gardening and whisky tastings.