Nairn River Enterprise operates under the name Green Hive and currently has 33 members and rising. There were 9 subscriber (or founder) members. Our Board of 4 was elected at the first AGM in October 2016, we are now 7. 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, Corinne Ferguson moved to Nairn from London 25 years ago and (despite other offers!) has continued to live and enjoy life in Nairn. She has 3 children who have all grown up in Nairn. Corinne is an independent social worker who has worked in frontline and management positions both in children and families and adult care settings. She is currently pursuing an alternative pre-retirement career by studying for a degree in Rural Sustainable Development with UHI. She thinks the combination of her experience of work with communities and the environmental angle of her new learning makes for a sound base for involvement with NRE and its project development that empowers people in their local community.
Another of our Directors, Helena’s a Swedish citizen living in Nairn since 1991 with a few spells away, but now back in the best town in the world. She has a law degree and worked as development officer at the University of the Highlands and Islands for many years, as well as membership and board coordinator at Doctors Without Borders (MSF). With a keen social conscience, Helena wants to ensure that we make the best of this beautiful place through community development and integration. She has a keen interest in communication and sees social equality as an important base line.
Simon Noble is our third Director. He 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, Ward Councillor since May 2015, is really looking forward to being actively involved in this social enterprise. 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’s keen to be hands on and maybe learn some new skills along the way and is particularly interested in up-cycling, one of our longer term objectives.
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 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.