Our Team

TRUSTEES

Rosalind McArthur, (Treasurer)(Acting Chair)
Ros worked The Scottish Borders as European Maritime Fisheries Fund Coordinator and has recently taken on the role of Business Development Specialist at the newly formed South of Scotland Enterprise. She has previously worked at senior levels in corporate banking and brings great knowledge of finance and strategy to the board.

Jenny Haines
Jenny has worked in the third sector for over 25 years. She has worked for a number of organisations including the National Deaf Children’s Society, Volunteering Scotland, Volunteering Matters, EVOC and is currently Senior Development Officer for BAVS. She has a particular interest and expertise in training, equalities work and governance.

Terri Bearhope
Terri is a volunteer management and development expert and has previously worked for volunteer centres in both Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. She currently heads up the successful BHA BeFriend project.

Nancy Woodhead
Until taking early retirement, Nancy worked in Policy Development for the Scottish Government, initially working in community development and later transport.  With her husband Graham Bell, Nancy  set up and managed Tweed Horizons teaching permaculture, growing and selling organic vegetables.  They now teach permaculture worldwide from their home in Coldstream.

Hazel Parker
Hazel has a wide range of experience in events management. She is a graduate of the Permaculture Course and has supported Abundant Borders in the delivery of Cooking Skills Courses and Social Food events. Hazel ensures that the voice of community food volunteers is heard directly at senior management level.

Alistair Ramage
Alistair is Customer Services Co-ordinator at Eildon Group and particularly active in helping to establish the new Community Garden site at Kelso.

WORKERS

Karen Birch, Chief Officer (Projects)
Karen, co-founder of Abundant Borders, is an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in creating and supporting enterprise. In 1995, at the start of the Internet revolution, Karen founded and created an ecommerce company which would become Scotland’s leading Internet retailer. Later she founded an innovative, online magazine for Women in Business, leading to her being nominated as one of Scotland’s most inspirational women in 2018.

An experienced non-executive director, Karen has held board positions including with BBC Trust, Audience Council for Scotland, Scottish Enterprise/Co-operative Development Scotland, Cooperative Business Consultants, Glasgow Women’s Aid, Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Services and Scottish Women’s Football. Karen is a former Chair at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Karen completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2013 and is responsible for project delivery.

Annie Casey, Chief Officer (Finance and Administration)
Annie, co-founder of Abundant Borders, has a strong background in public policy, community development and inclusion programmes. Most recently Annie was General Manager at Comrie Croft with responsibility for all aspects of business management and development.

Annie is a keen grower and cook and is qualified to deliver REHIS accredited courses in Food Hygiene and Cooking Skills. Annie also teaches yoga, is a qualified massage therapist and a former Director with Reforesting Scotland.

Bill Corbett
Supported by National Lottery Community Fund, Bill joined the team as Volunteer Co-ordinator, working from the Hawick Community Food Garden.

Bill has a strong background in horticulture, having worked in grounds maintenance with Newcastle City Council, at a senior level.  He has also acted as an assessor for NVQs  and holds a youth worker’s certificate.  His experience and knowledge led him to becoming a judge for Britain in Bloom and the Civic Trust Green Flag as well as acting in advisory capacity to the Royal Parks London during their 2006 Transformation and Restructure Programme.

Bill has held volunteering roles, serving as an independent elected member to Newcastle City Council and working with schools and community groups on growing projects.

Pete Saunders
Supported by National Lottery Community Fund, Pete joined the team as Project Co-ordinator.

Pete has had an interest in gardening since his student days.  His predominant interest has been in organic vegetable and fruit production and his approach developed around holistic gardening and habitat provision.

Pete has a history of working with community projects, managing volunteers and community events as well as having a strong background in administration and finance. Over the years he has volunteered in a number of roles, including parish councillor, school governor and editor of a parish newsletter.

Pauline Stewart
Supported by National Lottery Community Fund, Pauline joined the team as Project Worker. Pauline has been active in her community in Longformacus and across Berwickshire for many years, including working with BAVS and setting up the Longformacus Community Larder.

Pauline is a huge asset to the team as we grow and engage with volunteers across the region.

Cordelia McGurk
Supported by Impact Funding Partners, Cordelia joined the team as Volunteer Coordinator.

ADVISORS

Kat Dunlop
Kat brings experience of evaluating and monitoring projects as well as in depth knowledge of permaculture and forest gardening.

Graham Bell
Over the past 40 years, Graham has amassed a huge amount of knowledge in permaculture, renewables and sustainable business.

The author of two books “The Permaculture Way” and “The Permaculture Garden”, Graham’s home is Garden Cottage, which is sited in part of the old walled garden of the Lees Stables, Coldstream. It is a forest garden started from scratch twenty six years ago, and is now sufficiently mature to show the intention of its original design. As well as producing 1.25 tonnes of edible produce in 2015, the garden also produces firewood, hundreds of plants and trees a year for the Red Shed nursery, a haven for wildlife, and a general sense of well-being. For anyone interested in practical applications of permaculture principles it’s an inspiring visit.

As well as offering advice and support to Abundant Borders on a voluntary basis, Graham taught the Permaculture Foundation Course to students in Eyemouth at the start of 2017 and in Hawick Spring 2018.

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