Our Trustees

 

Richard Haviland, Chairperson

Born and brought up in London, with a love of the Highlands inherited from his Scottish mother, Richard moved to the area from Crieff in 2018 with his wife and three young children. He brings experience of 25 years as a Civil Servant with a focus on international affairs, having worked for the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, mainly in policy roles. He speaks fluent Spanish. He left the Civil Service in 2019 and he and his wife Suzanne now run holiday lets in Upper Drumbuie. He is keen to draw on his skills and experience to play a full and active role in the local community.

 


Michael Thorp, Finance Director

Michael has lived in Drumnadrochit since 2004. He has owned and run Drumnadrochit Boarding Kennels & Cattery for the last 17 years. In that time, he and his wife have had two children who have both attended and enjoyed the facilities at the Childcare Centre. Michael first became involved with the Board of Trustees in 2011 and with his background in Financial Services, has advised and helped the Centre. Michael is also part of the Parent Council at Glen Urquhart Primary School and is one of the coaches at Glen Urquhart Football Club.

 

Kerry Postma, Secretary

Kerry works for Royal Bank of Scotland, a position she has held for the past 14 years. Alongside this, Kerry is also currently studying with the University of The Highlands and Islands towards her Early Years Practitioner qualification. She lives up the Glen with her husband, Isak and three children, Ella-May and Grayson whom also attends the centre and Morgan, born in 2020. She loves to have lots of animals around her and volunteers to help in the community whenever she can. She currently hosts the community Halloween and Christmas parties for all the children of the Glen which is her favourite thing to do. Kerry has been the Secretary for the childcare centre for a number of years, a role she finds both rewarding and interesting.

 

Barbara Girvan, Trustee

My name is Barbara Girvan and I am a part time Primary School Teacher. I qualified 9 years ago and over the last 6 years have gradually given up full time teaching to focus more on our farming business, with my husband and three children. We have sheep, cattle and in 2018 opened the first ever ‘pick your own’ pumpkin patch in the Highlands.  During the winter I get outdoors as much as possible.  I am passionate about learning, and the young people in our community, and am keen to be able to help drive the childcare centre forward.

 

 

Gemma Anstead, Trustee

I moved to Drumnadrochit, from Hampshire, in 2005, after completing A Levels in Health and Social Care. I then went on to study Social Sciences at the University of The Highlands and Islands and gained my BA Honours in 2011.

Since then, my husband and I have had two children, Hollie and Lily. After Hollie was born, I gave up work to focus on raising the girls. For the past few years I have been involved in running the local baby and toddler group. I love to get outside as much as possible and enjoy walking and cycling. I fully recognise the importance in giving all children the best possible start in life, and in their education, and I am really looking forward to getting more involved in the childcare centre.