• Alastair Sharp – Directror

    Alastair Sharp - Director

    Following a career as Common Law Barrister culminating in a specialist practice of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Alastair took an appointment as Asylum and Immigration Judge for 10 years. He is now retired from this full time job and has returned to Lamb Chambers in the Temple as a Mediator. He obtained his MSc. at Loughborough London in 2018 in Diplomacy Peace Keeping and International Security and maintains a keen interest in International affairs. Alastiar brings legal expertise and scrutiny to The Trust and his enthusiasm for all things Scottish is infectious.

  • Andy Wallace – Director

    Andy Wallace - Director

    Andy Wallace is married to Patricia (Pat) and moved to Glenlivet in 2014 when he and Pat bought Tamdhu House in Auchbreck which they now operate as Thistle Dhu Bed and Breakfast. Andy has a depth of experience in Defence having spent 42 years as an Army Officer, both Regular Service and Army Reserve, where he gained leadership and decision-making experience in some fairly complex and demanding areas. On leaving the regular Army, he transferred to the Territorial Army/Army Reserve to continue his military adventure as a part timer, which included some operational deployments. He spent 18 years in the Ministry of Defence and Defence Industry where he led and managed programmes in acquisition of Defence equipment, scientific research and technology development. More recently, since 2013 he has gained business experience in Defence consulting and contract work and in setting up and operating the Bed and Breakfast enterprise.

    Andy is an enthusiastic member of the Glenlivet community. He is Secretary to the Glenlivet Hall Committee, enjoys exploring the environment and local wildlife on his mountain bike, and when the snow arrives – skiing at the nearby ski centres.

  • Jenny Herschell – Director

    Jenny Herschell - Director

    With my husband and son I moved to Tomintoul in 1973 to run Argyle House and the Garage that was opposite then. I had been a Ward sister before so this was a big new adventure. In 1976 we also started Tomintoul Pony Trekking Centre, which meant doing ‘package’ holidays and during this time we had two more sons. The Garage closed in 1980 and my husband died in 1984. In 1988 I moved to a farm in the Braes of Glenlivet with a new partner and in 1990 we moved to Tomnavoulin to Easter Corrie and converted the abandoned farmhouse and steadings to a home and four holiday cottages. In 2002 we sold it and moved to Tomintoul again. I was working part time as a community nurse and then a receptionist for about 30 years.

    Over the years I was a  founder member of T & G Highland Holidays,  a member of the Games Committee and Sec Tomnabat Hill Committee.  I started to go to KATCA meetings when settled here again and have been part of the committee for several years as well as a member of the Touler Team and now the Development Trust

  • David Toovey – Director

    David TGDT

    David Toovey - Director


    David lives in the Braes of Glenlivet where he farms Rhindu Farm. He is a member of the Glenlivet & Inveravon Community Association and took up the position of TGDT director following an invitation to GICA & KATCA to nominate a representative.

    David previously served as a TGDT director between 2012 and 2014 and has excellent knowledge of the organisation and it’s history.

  • John Polak – Director


    John Polak - Director

    Graduating from Manchester polytechnic with a BA in Graphic Design I then spent 25 years in the advertising industry. This included establishing owning and managing ‘Applications Advertising’ from 1994 – 2005. In 2004 I moved into retail running ‘One Step Beyond’ selling quality outdoor clothing.

    In 2010 my wife and I purchased Ardnamurchan History Centre which we operated for 6 years. We then moved to Tomintoul purchasing ‘Spindrift’

    John brings experience in advertising, marketing, retail and tourism to the board of TGDT and served on the committee of Ardnamurchan Tourist Association for 5 years.

  • Doug Nisbet – Director

    Doug Nisbet - Chair

    Doug's main interests lie in business and tourism and the development of a less fragile and more robust economy for Tomintoul and Glenlivet. He has a particular belief in the importance of the contribution of the ‘Third Sector’ in the achievement of community-based local development. He is interested in exploring the mechanisms for gaining community consensus though ‘grass-roots’ engagement in the direction of rural development and the possibility of the achievement of a widely-supported community vision. In terms of the Board, he has interests in organisational strategy and the achievement of a plan for the financial self-sustainability of the Trust.

    Doug is a member of the Editorial Team of THISTLEdown and is also Editor of the Keith and Dufftown Railway Express. He is a member of the Congregational Board of Tomintoul, Glenlivet and Inveravon Church and 2016-17 chair of the Rotary Club of Aberlour and Speyside.

  • Tilly Smith


    Best known for her love of reindeer, Tilly and her family, Alan, Alex and Fiona are kept busy on their farm on the Glenlivet Estate and also the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre near Aviemore. With daughter Fiona now running the Reindeer Centre Tilly spends more time at the farm. The recent success of the Heritage Lottery Bid will bring a greater work burden to the trust and Tilly hopes to be able to help the Trust and directors in its implementation.

  • Oliver Giles

    Development Manager

    Oliver joined the trust in July 2015 from Huntly Development Trust and bring a wealth of experience in community led project management. A keen outdoorsman he’s climbed, biked and paddled all over Scotland and Europe. Oliver is looking forward to supporting the board in getting hands on with the trusts exciting range of community activities and projects. Oliver’s duties include overseeing projects and future project development, line management of the Business Development and working closely with stakeholders and the board.

  • Rebecca Irons Participation Manager

    Rebecca Irons Participation Manager

    Rebecca joined the trust in March 2018 with a background in working with and supporting volunteers. The Aspiring Communities funded post will seek to increase levels of participation in community activity through events, targeted support and improved communications. Rebecca is also the trusts membership guru and has led on the trusts GDPR compliance. Rebecca is a Glenlivet local and active member of the community.