Development Officers

Kate comes from a background in Environmental Science and has worked on a voluntary basis in Community Development since 2006. She is the current chair of Tarland Development Group and Chair of  Directors of The Seed Box  social enterprise. Kate has taken over the running of the Ward Forums and has been tasked with looking at rural transport in conjunction with the community planning partership. She has been the lead on the Supporting Communities Fund. Her involvement with Cairngorms National Park continues with supporting affordable housing and the Cairngorms Nature project. She is a respected contributor to the Aberdeenshire Rural Partnership Federation. Outside of her community work she enjoys gardening as well as tending to her flock of chickens.  You can email her on

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Emma Murphy joined us in May 2019 after having a career break to raise her two girls. During that time she has been bookings administrator for Logie Coldstone Trust and sits on Cromar Community Council. As a keen user of social media she has been increasing the profile of MAP across these channels. She has also created a new modern website and writes the MAP bulletins. The management of the Initiative Grant Scheme is now in her remit as is the development of local Smart Village projects. She is a keen dressmaker and likes running with friends and her Border Terrier Wilbur. You can contact her on or 07585 621549.

Administration Officer

Lindsay is the newest member of the team.  Lindsay's background is in the oil and gas industries and during a break to raise her family she volunteered as treasurer with the Tarland Toddlers Group and as Secretary on the Tarland SPA.  Lindsay spends her spare time doing family history and likes learning all about local history.  She enjoys yoga and walks with her family.

You can email her on

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The Board

Are you looking for a fulfilling, voluntary role as part of a small and enthusiastic team? We currently have a couple of vacancies for Board Members and it would be great if you could join us. You would have the opportunity to help shape MAP's future and have a say in how we direct our charitable funds. Please get in touch with one of the team above. 

Chair: Simon Blackett, Braemar Community Ltd

Vice Chair: Bryan Begg, 1298 Squadron Huntly and Area Air Cadets

Treasurer: Nigel Healey, Tarland Welfare Trust

George Wordie, Strathbogie Community Council

Patricia Fraser, Crathie Community

Nicola Sedgwick, Glenkindy & Towie CA, Donside Community Council

Bill Slee, Alford Community

Jim Bruce, Daviot Community Council

Gillian Needham, Tarland Development Group

The latest board meeting minutes can be accessed here

If you would like to see the annual report for 2019/20 click here