Meet The Board

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David Hekelaar

Chair

 

Since retiring as CEO of an Offshore Service Company David has utilised his Financial & Commercial skills by either leading or helping to direct many of Aberdeenshire’s Charity and Community Organisations. In addition to his role as Chair of AVA David sits on 7 other boards/management committees and is a Third Sector Representative on the Boards of the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership and of Aberdeenshire’s Community Planning Partnership.

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Mike Adams

Vice-Chair
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 Vice Chair 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.

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Victoria Brown

Board Member
Victoria has a BA(Hons) Degree in Public Policy & Administration and is currently the General Manager of the Maud Village Trust and Manager of The Maud Resource Centre. This is a building that the Trust has run in partnership with NHS Grampian & Aberdeenshire Council Health teams since 2008 to facilitate the provision of health care services in the community. Victoria is also a member of the community council.

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Fiona Smith

Board Member
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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Jim Bruce

Board Member
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.

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Sue Kinsey

Board Member

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Simon Blackett

Board Member
A resident of Braemar for the past 30 years, Simon Blackett was for over 20 years the Resident Factor at Invercauld Estate. Now retired he is chair of Braemar Community Ltd and Marr Area Partnership. His current volunteer roles include: Braemar Community Hydro, Braemar Care Initiative, Braemar Castle, Braemar Local History Group, Ballater Royal Deeside Community bus driver, Braemar & Crathie Church. He was recently a guest lecturer to an Advanced Course in Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas in  Zarragosa, Spain.