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Key People

We are a growing and effective team, more than the sum of our parts


Simon Noble

Chair of Trustees

Although Simon was born in Aberdeen he has known Nairn all his life and finally moved here in 2007.  Motivated by his intense dislike of social and health inequalities he is keen to give people the solutions they want. 
Following a varied career ranging from sales, management consultancy to criminal justice, he established Green Hive as a co-founder and is Chair of trustees.


Caroline Woods

Volunteer and Events Officer

Caroline grew up playing on the banks of the River Nairn and wants the beauty of Nairn to be accessible for everyone.

Caroline has a background in training and development and operational management.

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Andy MacVicar

Enterprise and Projects Officer

Andy has a background in industrial manufacturing and fabrication and is qualified in fine art. 
He is a sculptor passionate about working with recycled materials. 
As our Enterprise and Projects Officer, he leads our Green Hive community workshop.

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Andrew Southward

Enterprise and Projects Officer

Hi I'm Andrew an around crafter and designer new to the Green Hive team, I love to innovate and create and will be doing so in the position of workshop assistant mainly focusing on the operation of the computer numeric cutting (CNC) machine and the plastics extruder.

I'm loving it and hope to be able to help more of the volunteers expand their knowledge, skills and happiness within the workshop.

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Fiona Keir

Operations Officer

Fiona made Nairn her home in 2018 and loves the variety of outdoor spaces and activities on offer in the town.

Her main role is based at the Seaman's Hall and fundraising towards its sustainable future.

She brings experience from the world of sport, volunteering and International Development to the team.

Our Board of Trustees

Eve Evans

Eve Evans

After a long career in social work, mainly in children’s services ill health and a lifestyle change took me from Yorkshire to the Western Isles. Here I provided bed and breakfast in a converted croft house for eleven happy years. Defeated by the Hebridean gales and getting older I retired to the mainland and have lived in Nairn for the past twelve years.
Not a gardener nor a needlewoman but passionate about animals (clue photo bomber), the environment, volunteering and Nairn. Involvement with Green Hive gives me opportunity to give something back to my community.


Alastair Simmons

Alastair Simmons has been living and working in the Highlands for over 10 years on a wide variety of green space and local environmental projects. Alastair’s been doing this for over 25 years, from inner city communities in: London, Sheffield and Lancashire, 5 years work with people with learning disabilities in community composting, recycling and horticulture, to a landscape survey of Cairngorms National Park, and work all over Scotland for Scottish Natural Heritage from the Solway to Shetland. Alastair’s also worked at Inverness High School REAL (Real Education Active Lives) an organic educational food growing project and is an active member of Trellis Scotland’s horticultural therapy network, Alastair planned, set up and succesfully completed the funding application for the Nairn Community Orchard. He has an MA in Landscape Architecture.

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Dawn Main

Belonging to Nairn and having strong family roots in Fishertown and Links to the Seaman's Victoria Hall, I was delighted to be accepted into the Green Hive board.  My family owned and operated the last commercial fishing boat from the old fleet that belonged to Nairn - INS 185 Strathnairn, a great source of pride.  I myself studied Architecture and have worked in various construction-related roles over my 30 years in the industry, most recently with NatureScot as their Net Zero and Property Team Leader.  I'm really hoping to provide some advice and assistance to the very exciting project being developed for the Seaman's Hall and at such a formative time in the Green Hive's development.

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Elsa Fraser

Firstly Elizabeth is my formal name but I’m known as Elsa and like Dawn our family had the last commercial fishing boat in Nairn.

I have strong ties and a love for Fishertown and Nairn, I recently moved back to Nairn. I became aware of the amazing things Green Hive are doing at the Seaman’s hall open day.

I am delighted to be invited to be part of Greenhive’s diverse and exciting future and hope my time on the board of a similar charity may be helpful. My career has been in the care industry and government housing. 

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Peter Saggers (Treasurer)

Peter is a retired chartered accountant and former Highland Councillor for Nairn. 

He serves on the boards of a number of Nairn bodies, contributing the experience gained from over forty years in private practice.

Karen Bolam

Since qualifying with an Environmental Chemistry degree from Glasgow University in 1997, Karen’s passion for the environment has been her driving value. 

Her career progression has seen her move from sustainability strategy, through Environmental Management at large global companies and latterly Group Sustainability Officer at Highland headquartered Global Energy Group. 

A native Scot, living in Nairn since 2021.  Karen is passionate about Environmental improvement and loves nothing more than supporting local communities to help improve their local environment. 

Our Partners and Funders

Our charitable activities are made possible with thanks to a diverse range of partners and funders.

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