The Great Glen Energy co-op has a Board of Directors elected at the AGM.
Lorna Lumsden (Admin Secretary)
My childhood was divided between Edinburgh, Ghana and Iraq. I then trained in nursing and midwifery in Edinburgh, Plymouth and York. I was a nursing sister throughout early to mid 70’s in the Royal Northern Infirmary, Inverness. “Gap” break travelling across Europe followed by a return to Inverness to work in land and property management. I worked as the Trust Administrator for The Applecross Trust (1988 to 2006). For the Trust I also developed various joint community projects including the largest joint crofter/landlord amenity woodland scheme ever undertaken (The North Applecross Woodlands Project) as well as run of river renewable energy schemes and other small partnerships. Aged 60, I retired from the Applecross Trust in 2006, remained as a consultant and am now a Trustee/Director of the Trust. I was awarded an MBE in 2008. I am also a Trustee/Director of the Abriachan Forest Trust.
Felix is a native of Fort Augustus. He moved away in the early 1970s to pursue a career in the RAF. He served for 30 years in the telecommunications field, seeing service throughout the world. After being posted to RAF Kinloss in 1995, he and his family moved back to Fort Augustus in 1997. Felix always had a passion for local and Scottish history and has been the Treasurer of the Fort Augustus Heritage and Youth Groups. Since leaving the RAF in 2004, Felix has been employed in the construction industry and currently is the procurement manager for Stanton Contracting Ltd at the development of The Abbey, Fort Augustus.
Kenneth has lived in Fort Augustus (Glenmoriston) since 2000 with his wife Susan and 2 children. He has worked in the Forest Industry since leaving school covering a large range of disciplines and locations. Since taking up post in Fort Augustus Kenneth has been the District Forester for Planning and Environment covering the area from the Great Glen to and including Skye. A range of projects particularly relating to renewable energy has been on his agenda for the last 3 years with various community trusts and groups, particularly in getting sites/projects to fruition from the planning and consultation stages. Kenneth’s interest in renewable energy and energy saving includes micro generation at the domestic scale along with technology to reduce energy requirements. He has been actively involved with the Community Council as secretary and is currently the Chair for the last 6 years, during the initial planning, consultation and negotiation for them millennium wind farm.
I was born and brought up on the Black Isle where I still live. I have a son and daughter and twin grandsons. I was educated at Dingwall Academy and Inverness College, and trained as a telephone engineer with Post Office Telephones as it was then. I worked for a short time in Saudi Arabia, training Saudi Air Force Technicians. On my return from Saudi Arabia I set up, and ran successfully a small vending business for twenty years. I now work as a supervisor for the Community Service.
I consider myself to be a practical environmentalist. I am passionate about wildlife conservation, particularly about conservation of habitat , both as a haven for wildlife and as a source of peace and relaxation for ourselves, but at the same time recognise the importance of the development of green energy resources, and I firmly believe the two can, with care, happily co-exist.
After a childhood in the Western Isles and Renfrewshire, I became a Fishery Officer, with DAFS, which involved the superintendence of sea fisheries at ports throughout Scotland, which led to an appointment (as Investment Manager) with the Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB). This led to a more general role as Development Manager with Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, followed by 5 years Management of Eilean Iarmain Estate on Skye, an estate which encouraged significant community engagement.
Following Eilean Iarmain I managed the MOD Hebrides Range, a missile testing facility in the Uists, then followed a ten-year period as a Performance Director with QinetiQ plc, responsible for delivering large contracts to the MOD. I retired from QinetiQ at the end of 2014, with the intention of taking a delayed gap year. I have, however, now found myself working on the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth.
I was a Reservist Officer with the Highlanders, am a founder member of the Isle of Harris Distillery and currently Chair of the Scottish Modern Pentathlon Association. I live between Edinburgh and Inverness and enjoy gardening in both locations and am a keen cyclist and devotee of racquet sports.
I have a keen interest in renewable energy technology, together with community project experience.
After living and raising my family in Inverness for 25 years, I am about to start part-time working and expect to have more time available to contribute to the Co-op.
I trained and worked as a geophysicist and earthquake seismologist in Durham, Edinburgh, Bahrain, Cameroon and am now a software engineer, specialising in web based “operational analytics” software that is used to monitor and display any external measurements (temperature /pressure/ flow/speed etc) and aims to reduce business costs and improve efficiency and work practices for large companies. I have had a long interest in sensitively sited renewable energy projects, and built my own DIY wind turbine using plans from Scoraig based, Hugh Piggott. I have also built my own water heating solar panels for a property in Wester Ross.
I am a keen cyclist and walker.
Tor has joint Norwegian / British nationality, has lived and worked in Scotland since the 1970’s, lives in Strathpeffer and joined the Board in 2017. Now retired he previously worked in the community development, co-operative and social enterprise sectors. So the Great Glen Energy Co-op is a structure which he believes is the best to involve communities and share the profits. He was a Board member of Highlands & Islands Community Energy Company and Community Energy Scotland.
The co-op is supported by Energy4All.