• Rebecca Irons Participation Manager

    Rebecca Irons Participation Manager

    Rebecca joined the trust in March 2018 with a background in working with and supporting volunteers. The Aspiring Communities funded post will seek to increase levels of participation in community activity through events, targeted support and improved communications. Rebecca is also the trusts membership guru and has led on the trusts GDPR compliance. Rebecca is a Glenlivet local and active member of the community. 

  • David Toovey – Director

    David TGDT

    David Toovey - Director


    David lives in the Braes of Glenlivet where he farms Rhindu Farm. He is a member of the Glenlivet & Inveravon Community Association and took up the position of TGDT director following an invitation to GICA & KATCA to nominate a representative.

    David previously served as a TGDT director between 2012 and 2014 and has excellent knowledge of the organisation and it’s history.

  • John Polak – Director

    DSC00938Graduating from Manchester polytechnic with a BA in Graphic Design I then spent 25 years in the advertising industry. This included establishing owning and managing ‘Applications Advertising’ from 1994 – 2005. In 2004 I moved into retail running ‘One Step Beyond’ selling quality outdoor clothing.

    In 2010 my wife and I purchased Ardnamurchan History Centre which we operated for 6 years. We then moved to Tomintoul purchasing ‘Spindrift’

    John brings experience in advertising, marketing, retail and tourism to the board of TGDT and served on the committee of Ardnamurchan Tourist Association for 5 years.

  • Doug Nisbet


    Doug's main interests lie in business and tourism and the development of a less fragile and more robust economy for Tomintoul and Glenlivet. He has a particular belief in the importance of the contribution of the ‘Third Sector’ in the achievement of community-based local development. He is interested in exploring the mechanisms for gaining community consensus though ‘grass-roots’ engagement in the direction of rural development and the possibility of the achievement of a widely-supported community vision. In terms of the Board, he has interests in organisational strategy and the achievement of a plan for the financial self-sustainability of the Trust.

    Doug is a member of the Editorial Team of THISTLEdown and is also Editor of the Keith and Dufftown Railway Express. He is a member of the Congregational Board of Tomintoul, Glenlivet and Inveravon Church and 2016-17 chair of the Rotary Club of Aberlour and Speyside.

  • Malcolm MacGarvin


    Malcolm has a doctorate in ecology. Current work includes going to sea assessing the environmental and economic impact of fishing, and teaching computers to identify and count fish. He is chair of the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Wildlife Group. Malcolm also works on environmental and social policy, commissions ranging from the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, to farming, fishing and environmental interests, as well as retailers and restaurateurs. This includes bringing together conflicting interests to search for common ground and jointly develop solutions. On the practical side, in addition to local voluntary work, he keeps a foot in the real world by working with small food producers to help them increase quality, demonstrate their environmental credentials, and sort out the practicalities of direct supply to buyers so as to retain a greater part of the profit. He hopes these experience can complement that of the other Directors, and make a positive contribution within the Estate where he has lived for the last 20 years, and where he shares the benefits and frustrations of living and running a business in a wonderful but sometimes overlooked area.

  • Jennifer Stewart


    Jennifer has returned to Tomintoul where her parents grew up, after 15 years as Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wales. Her background is in archaeology and museums : after working on excavations in the Middle East she became Curator of Archaeology at Bristol City Museum. She also worked as Curator of Collections at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk. Her interests include family history research and gardening, when time permits.

  • Oliver Giles

    Development Manager

    Oliver joined the trust in July 2015 from Huntly Development Trust and bring a wealth of experience in community led project management. A keen outdoorsman he’s climbed, biked and paddled all over Scotland and Europe. Oliver is looking forward to supporting the board in getting hands on with the trusts exciting range of community activities and projects. Oliver’s duties include overseeing projects and future project development, line management of the Business Development and working closely with stakeholders and the board.

  • Tilly Smith


    Best known for her love of reindeer, Tilly and her family, Alan, Alex and Fiona are kept busy on their farm on the Glenlivet Estate and also the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre near Aviemore. With daughter Fiona now running the Reindeer Centre Tilly spends more time at the farm. The recent success of the Heritage Lottery Bid will bring a greater work burden to the trust and Tilly hopes to be able to help the Trust and directors in its implementation.