We are a growing and effective team, more than the sum of our parts
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.
Community Projects Officer
Caroline grew up playing on the banks of the River Nairn and has recently returned to her home town after a career in learning and development and operational management. As Community Projects Officer she wants the beauty of Nairn to be accessible for everyone.
Enterprise Project 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 Project Officer, he leads our Green Hive community workshop.
Green Hive Manager
Neil is the new Manager of Green Hive having joined the team in February 2020. He relocated to Nairn in August 2019, he brings his passion for innovation, volunteering and outdoor activity.
Enterprise Project Assistant
Sola has a background in performing arts, after pursuing his goal of acting he had a dramatic change of mindset into what matters most to him, environmental issues. Sola is our Enterprise Project Assistant, he works closely with our Enterprise Project Officer, assisting in the Green Hive community workshop, but will also be helping with the Community Projects Officer to engage with our amazing base of volunteers!
Our Board of Trustees
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.
Sean is a writer and consultant in public strategy. He worked until 2015 as workforce director and head of strategy in a large UK government agency having worked across government for many years, both in the UK and internationally.
For twelve years he was senior lecturer in government at the National School of Government.
He is an associate lecturer in strategic planning at Coventry University. His book Rethinking Public Strategy was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.
Stephen Fuller, Highland Councillor until May 2017, has been a keen supporter of this social enterprise since its inception.
His background is in ICT, with a degree in computing science and software development and experience in creating web based applications and apps for Android tablets / smartphones. Stephen’s very committed to supporting collaboration among local volunteer groups in whatever they do to enhance our town and its environment. He advises us on data control and management, as well as all our IT requirements.
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.
Jane Contardo Spencer
Peter Saggers (Treasurer)
We work with a wide range of organisations to build collaborative community solutions. Please get in touch if you would like to work with us.