Nairn River Enterprise operates under the name Green Hive. We have a Board of 6. All are local and committed to playing their part in establishing Green Hive as a social enterprise dedicated to benefiting the people in our community.
Our members live in Moss-side, Nairn Town, Fishertown, Lochloy, Queens Park , Achareidh, out the Grantown Road and Ferness. We’re keen to welcome new members from anywhere in Nairn and Nairnshire and beyond (anywhere with an IV12 postcode – see joining NRE)
One of our Directors, Simon Noble was born in Aberdeen and has known Nairn all his life, visiting parents and grandparents two or three times a year. He and his wife moved to the town in 2007. He dislikes intensely social and health inequality and he’s keen to give his expertise and experience to help bring to his home town the solutions local people want. Simon started out in sales and marketing, switched to criminal justice ending up in Probation Service management, then ran his own business as a management consultant for nearly 14 years, the last 5 years with Local Authorities and charities across Scotland.
Stephen Fuller, Highland Councillor until May 2017, has been a keen supporter of this social enterprise since its inception.
His background is in ICT, with a degree in computing science and software development and experience in creating web based applications and apps for Android tablets / smartphones. Stephen’s very committed to supporting collaboration among local volunteer groups in whatever they do to enhance our town and its environment. He advises us on data control and management, as well as all our IT requirements.
Alastair Simmons has been living and working in the Highlands for 10 years on a wide variety of green space and local environmental projects. Alastair’s been doing this for over 25 years, from inner city communities in: London, Sheffield and Lancashire, 5 years work with learning disabilities in community composting, recycling and horticulture, to a landscape survey of Cairngorms National Park, and work all over Scotland for Scottish Natural Heritage from the Solway to Shetland. Alastair’s also worked at Inverness High School REAL (Real Education Active Lives) an organic educational food growing project and is an active member of Trellis Scotland’s horticultural therapy network. He has an MA in Landscape Architecture.
Eithne Barnes has lived in Nairn for five years, and is currently studying Community Learning and Development at the University of Dundee. This has developed a passion for being part of an empowered community, making positive change and encouraging partnership working. Eithne has experience working with young people and being involved with informal education, which drives her desire to work with Green Hive to engage young people in Nairn and improve experiences of those growing up in the town.
Originally from Tain, Louis McIntosh passionately believes in equality and social justice. A former candidate at the local elections, he is chair of our local branch of the Scottish Socialist Party and has thrown himself wholeheartedly into volunteering with Green Hive. One of our newest directors, he has a wealth of experience in the skills needed to assure the quality of our governance as we expand.
Ruth Webster is to be our Treasurer. Picture and more detail to follow
Kirsty Ellen is our development officer. She was born and raised in Nairn and has a long family connection to the area. She has a background in youth work, volunteer management and international development, mainly on projects with an environmental conscience. She is motivated by compassion, creativity and social justice and is working towards a world where a thriving natural environment is integral to our human identity and all people feel empowered, inspired and supported to improve their lives. Kirsty is a keen up-cycler who can regularly be seen raiding recycling centres and charity shops and a committed dog parent who loves walking in the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands