Nairn River Enterprise operates under the name Green Hive. We have a Board of five. 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, Piperhill 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)
Our Board of Directors:
Simon 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.
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.
‘I’m not bragging, honestly and it certainly was not my helicopter. A few years ago, I was privileged to experience walking on a glacier in New Zealand. It was wonderful but tempered by information of how such natural features are rapidly receding. I know I cannot combat global warming single handed but I believe one answer is tackling environmental issues at a local level in one’s own community. Green Hive is the perfect organisation for this.
I am a Yorkshire lass. After almost 30 years in social work (children’s services) I took retirement on grounds of ill health, suffering from ME. I escaped (with a little remaining sanity) to the Isle of Lewis where for eleven years I ran a small B&B in my renovated croft house. I loved the Hebridean lifestyle but the huge storm of 2005 frightened me and in 2007 I began a new phase on the Scottish mainland, settling into retirement in Nairn in 2008. This is where I will stay and Nairn has offered me so much that I want to give a little back. I am closely involved in three other groups – Secretary for Nairn/Forres Scottish SPCA Supporters Group, Co-ordinator for the Pen & I, Nairn’s creative writing group and a committee member for Carlton Ramblers, local walking group.’
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 people 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.
Ruth Webster is our Treasurer. Now retired from a career at the Department for Work and Pensions, formerly working at Nairn Job Centre and latterly in Inverness, Ruth is motivated to help people find meaningful employment, financial security and support at a time of crisis and values the opportunities local charities bring to this. Ruth brings financial management experience from coordinating social clubs and as a mother.
Neil Mapes is the Manager of Green Hive. Neil joined the growing team at Green Hive in February 2020 following a family relocation to Nairn in August 2019. He has a passion for innovation, volunteering and for outdoor activity in all its forms. Neil is a proven charity leader and has been recognised with a series of local, national and international awards for his work with Dementia Adventure, a charity he founded and grew from 2009 to 2019. He has delivered speeches and written widely on the subject of green exercise and green care and he is also an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Worcester. He is the host for the North of Scotland Clore Social Leadership Chapter and is a trustee of the Postcode Innovation Trust. Neil is a keen allotmenteer, runner and outdoor swimmer and can often be found sailing or rowing out of Nairn harbour.
Andy is our Enterprise Project Officer. He has worked in Nairn for 5 years and has a background in industrial manufacturing & fabrication in a wide variety of materials. He moved to the Highlands after living in New Zealand and travelling in the Pacific, South East Asia and India. He studied a Masters in Fine Art Sculpture, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and has been a sculptor for over a decade. He is passionate about working with recycled materials, and the positive cultural impact creative making and indigenous crafts can have across sectors. He loves walking his dog on Nairn beach, and manages a small native woodland, forest garden and sculpture studio in South Loch Ness. A member of the Scottish Artists Union.
Caroline is our Community Projects Worker and has returned to her childhood town of Nairn. She has a strong connection to the town and its surrounding environments, especially the Queenspark river side where she grew up playing on the banks of the River Nairn. She has a background in learning and development and operational management mostly on large scale commercial projects, as well as regional charity board experience. Caroline’s core values are empathy, integrity and innovation; the natural world inspires her to create and nurture bonds, explore and learn about her environment and in so doing foster a deep and lasting respect for her locale and all who inhabit it – she wants the beauty of Nairn to be accessible for everyone, regardless of their circumstances.