Our Team

TRUSTEES

Mike Benson
Mike is an experienced executive and non-executive Director, previously with National Mining Museum and Ryedale Folk Museum, Mike is currently Director at Scottish Crannog Centre.

Owen Roberts
Owen is an experienced trustee and community development worker.

Caroline Brophy-Parkin
Caroline is Lieutenant at Hawick Corps, Salvation Army.

Shane Straughan
Shane is a past participant on both the Permaculture Foundation and the Healthy Eating courses.  Born and resident in The Scottish Borders, Shane brings local knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees.

Rosalind McArthur
Ros is currently working in The Scottish Borders as European Maritime Fisheries Fund Coordinator. She has previously worked at senior levels in corporate banking and brings great knowledge of finance and strategy to the board.

OFFICERS

Karen Birch
Karen, co-founder of Abundant Borders, is an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in creating and supporting enterprise and is actively involved in many groups seeking to promote equality and diversity.

An experienced non-executive director, Karen has held positions with BBC Trust, Audience Council for Scotland, Co-operative Development Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Aid and Scottish Women’s Football. Karen is currently Chair of Glasgow Women’s Library and trustee at BAVS (Berwickshire Action for Voluntary Service).

Karen completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2013 and is supporting Abundant Borders on a voluntary basis as Chief Officer.

Annie Casey
Annie, co-founder of Abundant Borders, has a strong background in public policy and 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 passed her permaculture design certificate in 2013 and is currently creating a forest garden in her own home in The Scottish Borders. Annie also teaches yoga and is a qualified massage therapist and is a former Director with Reforesting Scotland.

Annie is supporting Abundant Borders on a voluntary basis as Treasurer and by managing the administration of the organisation.

Sue Winters
Sue has recently joined the team as Volunteer Co-ordinator, working from the Hawick Community Food Garden. Sue completed her Permaculture Foundation Course with Abundant Borders in July 2018 and, supported by grant funding from Postcode Community Trust, will work with us until December 2018.

Kat Dunlop
Kat brings experience of evaluating and monitoring projects as well as in depth knowledge of permaculture and forest gardening. Kat will be working until the end of the year to support Sue in developing the Hawick Community Food Garden.

ADVISORS

Jenny Haines
Jenny is Development Officer at Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service and is supporting Abundant Borders, particularly with regard to good governance.

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.