Meet The Board

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Mike Adams

Chairperson and Trustee

Mike is a trained Engineer and Co-Founder of the digital training company Norwell EDGE. Committed to the third sector through his long term involvement in community planning and empowerment, Mike is proud to serve as the Chairperson and a Trustee to AVA.

Through his company Mike works alongside a number of other charitable organisations, including the Axis Network, the Centre for Gender Equality Nigeria and the Association for Black and Ethnic Minority Engineers UK.

Chris White

Vice Chairperson and Trustee

Chris joined Aberdeenshire Council as a Principal Planning Officer before becoming the Area Manager for Buchan, a position he held for over 20 years before recently retiring.

Chris is a keen supporter of the Third Sector, and brings considerable insight into the diverse communities that make up Aberdeenshire, along with many of the challenges that they face.

Fiona Smith

Treasurer and Trustee

Fiona brings a strong strategy and general business background to AVA, having spent almost 30 years delivering practical solutions to strategic, organisational and commercial issues for organisations of all sizes. She lives in Tarves, where she is on the board of her local development trust and community council. Fiona is also a director of the social enterprise, Wood Recyclability and an adviser to and supporter of Scottish start-ups and young businesses companies.

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David Briggs

Director and Trustee

Born in Liverpool, by the late 70’s David's career in human resource management had brought him to Scotland; firstly Irvine on a new town development then Glasgow & Stirling in Local Government and the NHS. Before retiring, David was Executive Director at the Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen), carrying a broad governance portfolio – included HRM and Health & Safety.

With family all over he loves to travel. Regular interests include: world affairs, veggie growing, hillwalking & mountaineering. He presently volunteers with a meditation centre, supporting their charity governance and their meditation practices in the community.

Jim Bruce

Director and Trustee

Jim is an experienced manager with extensive experience from within the construction industry including strategic analysis, contract negotiations, project management, process analysis, and safety/quality control. Keen on supporting and promoting volunteering, Jim is committed to enabling AVA to support the growth and development of third sector organisations, and the outcomes they deliver across Aberdeenshire.

Sue Kinsey

Sue Kinsey

Director and Trustee

Welsh by birth and a teacher by profession, Sue has lived in the North East for over 40 years during which time she has been actively involved in the voluntary sector both in the community and as a public/patient representative on many NHS Grampian boards.

At present, Sue is Chair of the Trustees of the Garioch Charities Shop, Vice-Chair of Grampian Cardiac Exercise Association, a board member of Computers & Integration and the Scottish Health Research Register. She is also one of the third sector representatives on the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership's Integration Joint Board.