John W Fotheringham – Chairman

Born in Cairneyhill Fife, raised and educated in Edinburgh, trained as an Accountant and worked in the private sector for 3 years before joining HM Customs and Excise in 1966. Worked in a variety of positions and locations retiring in 2006 as Senior Officer in charge of a team in the Northern Regional Strike Force Anti Smuggling Unit.

Throughout my adult life I have been involved with many charities, fund raising and undertaking a variety of management tasks. When my wife and I moved to Lochaber in 2003 I looked for further volunteering opportunities, and volunteered to assist a number. I am currently Chairman of Spean Bridge, Roy Bridge and Achnacarry Community Council, Chairman of Spean Bridge Senior Citizens Association, and Treasurer of Highland Disability Sport – Lochaber. I joined Partnerships for Wellbeing Limited as a Director in October 2009 and elected Chairman in February 2010.

Hamish Wood

Born in Aberdeen and moved to Dundee for a short period before coming to Inverness in 1970. I worked at Inverness college for 26 years before taking early retirement. Retirement lasted 6 months thereafter followed a number of years working with Victim Support and a second retirement was taken . This lasted nine months before becoming a Highland Councillor for Aird and Loch Ness. Throughout my career I have worked with and been part of Voluntary sector. Apart from Partnership in Wellbeing I am a committee member of a number of other voluntary groups. Have a specific Highland responsibility as Champion for Health and Well Being and making Highland Region a Fair Trade Zone. I joined the Board of PFW in 2010

Paul Selby

I am a chartered Electrical Engineer by profession and worked in the Electricity Supply Industry for 40+ years before retiring in late 2007. I started an engineering consulting business of which myself and my wife are the two sole directors providing HS&E, engineering consultancy and training facilities services to the Electrical Supply and associated industries.

I have been involved in two main volunteering capacities since leaving college. For 11 years I was actively involved in the Peterborough branch of Samaritans Inc. holding positions of Day Leader, Training Director, deputy Director and Director of the branch. Afterwards I trained and became a Marriage Guidance (to become Relate) councillor at the Peterborough and Cambridge branches, which I worked at till the late 1990’s.  I joined the Board of PfW in 2011.

Ann Clark

I grew up in Morayshire and left to study law at Edinburgh University. After a post-graduate course in youth and community work I joined a local authority welfare rights department and then went to Citizens Advice Scotland as their Legal Adviser. It was there that I developed a lifelong interest in using the experiences of individuals to bring about social change.

After several years as Director of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service I returned north to work with Highland Community Care Forum, eventually moving to Highland Council as Head of Policy. More recently I set up my own policy and research consultancy and have also worked at the UHI Centre for Rural Health and as a Public Appointments Assessor.

I’ve served on a wide variety of committees in a voluntary capacity including spells on the SCVO policy committee, Scottish Consumer Council and Highland Brook Advisory Service. I got involved with Partnerships for Wellbeing when I volunteered as a driver for the Community Transport project. I am also currently secretary of a local community woodland group in Inverness.

Emma Knox

I live in Kirkhill, near Beauly, with my husband and two children. I was brought up in Elgin and went to University in Edinburgh where I lived and worked for 20 years. I moved back up North to take up post as the District Procurator Fiscal at Inverness and fell in love with the Highlands – it’s people and beautiful places.  I am a qualified lawyer and a CIPD qualified HR professional, having recently returned to University to study HR Management at UHI.

I took a break from the law after sustaining life changing injuries in a car accident and I spent some time working with young adults with disabilities at Cantraybridge College which provides rural and life skills training and supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder.

Exercise and physical activity played a large part in my own rehabilitation and. I want to use my skills to broaden access to the things that make life meaningful and healthy. In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, cycling and fundraising challenges. I love music and art. I play the piano, mandolin, accordion and guitar. I am a Community Councillor and I help out with local community events and open mike sessions.

Janet Campbell

I was born in Inverness and brought up in Kintail, Wester Ross, by the shores of lovely Loch Duich.

After leaving Plockton High School I attended Auchincruive College of Agriculture to train as a Milk Recorder, and then returned to work in Highland area and Orkney Isles. I also worked for the GPO/British Telecoms for 14 years.

In the 1980’s I took up employment with Inverness District Council as a Benefits Officer. Throughout 23 years of employment in local government (IDC, Highland Region and Highland Council) I was also employed as an Area Outreach Officer (trouble-shooter!) and in various middle management posts up until my retirement in January 2007.

In May 2007 I was elected as a Councillor for Inverness Central Ward and was re-elected in 2012.  I am a Director of both Inverness Spectrum Centre and Inverness Women’s Aid as well as an ex-officio Board Member of both Merkinch Enterprise and Merkinch Centre Management Committee.


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