About Us

Udny Community Trust

What We Do

UCT Background

UCTC earns income for community projects and groups through the profit generated by the wholly community owned Udny Community Wind Turbine Company which is a trading subsidiary.

Udny Community Wind Turbine Company began with an idea from within the community back in 2004, it was critical to check that a community owned turbine was supported and that there were plans in place to spend the potential income once the turbine was producing electricity.

The community joined in with enthusiasm, and a large majority welcomed the proposal. The original site chosen was changed after this consultation process to reduce possible nuisance. The slight reduction on the optimum output was considered a good trade-off as it kept local support high.

Not everybody finds wind turbines as attractive addition to the countryside!
As the construction of the turbine was completed, charity rules meant that a separate charitable body had to be formed to handle the revenue for charitable purposes.

UCTC had to be community controlled and led and be eligible for charitable status. Following an extended process UCTC finally received Charitable status in 2014. This was easier said than done and meant complying with both Scots Law and English law to gain recognition.

COMPANY STRUCTURE


Meet the Team


DIRECTORS

Brian McDougall
Chairman

Brian McDougall has been the Chair of the Udny Community since 2011 and acts as the line manager for the two staff employed on both full time and part time basis.

Prior to this Brian played a key role in the provision of the community wind turbine along with 4 colleagues. He led the “Planning for Real” consultation exercises which commenced in 2008 and continued through to 2012 and this led to gaining valuable information on what the community desired. This work involved a close involvement with both our Primary schools where he and a colleague, tutored pupils on green energy. Brian also played a key role in obtaining public opinion regarding the loss of dispensing services in the Haddo Medical Group Area.

Brian retired from his Senior Planning Manager (Fibre) role in South East England during 2004 and returned to North East Scotland in 2005 with his wife and now resides in Pitmedden. Brian was also Secretary of the Udny Community Council from 2009 until 2019.

Mike MacDonald

Mike is one of the original directors of the Wind Turbine Company and has lived in Pitmedden since 1968.

Mike’s career in the oil and Gas Industry spans 40 years where he held positions in Operations, contracts and country manager covering Russia, Kazakhstan and all of Africa. His background is business development, logistic planning and contract negotiation.

Julian Slater

Julian has thirty years’ experience working as a petroleum engineer extracting oil from the North Sea for British Gas, Exxonmobil and RepsolSinopec. Expertise in project management, forecasting, economics, acquisitions, divestments and leading multidisciplinary teams.

He has lived in the Udny area for twenty-three years and has been treasurer of the Udny Community Trust Company for the past eight years. As treasurer he takes the lead preparing the annual accounts and managing the trust’s investments.

In the past he has been chair of Udny Green School parent council. An active Musician and supporter of the arts he helps run Inverurie orchestra and plays in Granite City band.

Lynne Cartledge

Lynne Cartledge has lived in Udny Green since 2000. She is married to Richard and they have 2 children who attend Udny Green school.

Lynne is an active member of the Udny Green school parent council and is also involved with the Royal Volunteer Service in the area.

Lynne is keen to ensure that facilities for children and the older generation continue to be supported and evolve to meet the community requirements.

Matt Kaye

Matt Kaye is one of the founding directors of both the Trust Co and the Community Wind Turbine Co.

Matt has lived in the Udny community for over 25 years and during that time has been actively involved in other community organisations including the Udny Community Council and the Daviot- Oldmeldrum Scout Group.

Matt is particularly keen that the young people of the Udny community enjoy helping to shape the future of the community by getting involved in some of the projects that will bring obvious benefits, such as developing and extending local walks and cycle routes to provide safe and reliable access to miles and miles of cycling and walking for everyone.

David Murray

David Murray has lived in Pitmedden since moving to the village with wife Rae and three daughters in 1979. He currently serves as a Director of both the Trust and the Wind Turbine Company.

He is a Chartered Architect by profession, runs a private practice in Aberdeen and is keen to promote sustainable, environmentally sensitive development and building design.

David wants to see every resident in Udny have a genuine involvement in working together to create a strong community and a constantly improving place to live.

Marion Jamieson

Marion Jamieson has been a Director of Udny Community Trust for 3 years and has lived in Udny Green with her family for 17 years.

She qualified from Aberdeen Medical School in 1992 and has been a GP Partner in the local Medical Group since 2001. Prior to this she worked in various posts in both the NHS and Private Sector and Volunteered in Tanzania. Her background is therefore in Healthcare Provision.

As a local GP and resident, she is in the unique position of having knowledge of the current health facilities and requirements of the locality. Being a GP in a small partnership has also meant that over the years she has developed the necessary skills required to run a small business as part of a managerial team.

Lesley Walker

Lesley is a new director who only joined UCTC this year, but she has lived in Pitmedden since 2001

Lesley has over 35 years’ experience as an accountant / assistant accountant in both public & private sector organisations. Her experience includes accounts analysis, cost control, budget preparation, credit control, cash forecasting & Client invoicing. She currently works part time within Aberdeen University Finance Department.


Garth Entwhistle

Garth has lived in Udny for almost 40 years. Over that time he supported the Boys Brigade as a BB Officer and continues to support Udny & Pitmedden Church as a Session member. He has been involved in numerous community actions. Most notably, the refurbishment of both Pitmedden Church and Udny Green Hall and the planning and development of the Udny Community Wind Turbine. He is happy to join the Board of the Udny Community Trust in 2020 and contribute to the further development of this lovely place.

As a Rural Economist with SAC and self-employed as a Rural Business Consultant, Garth has a wide range of skills to bring to the Board.

Lauren Donald

Lauren Donald has lived in Udny Green since 2016. She is married to Mark and they have 2 children who attend Udny Green school.

Lauren is an active volunteer at Udny Green school and on the parent council. Lauren is keen to ensure that facilities for children of all ages as well as all other generations continue to be supported and evolve to meet the community requirements.

STAFF


Jill Watt
Part Time Project Administrator

Jill joined the trust in 2015 and has become confident in every aspect of service delivery. She works quietly behind the scenes to make sure that everything runs smoothly. She takes a proactive attitude and has been key to getting several successful projects up and running which includes the Christmas Lights Switch On event held on the first Sunday in December each year. This involves making sure all the permissions are obtained along with insurance cover as well as getting many of the local groups involved as it’s a ideal opportunity to raise funds.

Yvonne McLeod
Full time Development Officer

Yvonne has only been with the trust since May this 2018 but is enjoying getting stuck into the many and varied projects that the trust is involved with. Her recent experience as an Officer with Aberdeen City Council, managing the cities play areas and working with communities to improve outdoor facilities is proving very useful as she is engaging with the community finding out their needs and aspirations.

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