About the Board
The Board currently meets around every 12 weeks to hear the reports on progress of our trainees and projects. We would welcome new members to the Board. If you have a keen interest in the work we are doing and have skills that you feel can support this, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for a membership application form and our code of conduct policy.
Presently, Moray Reach Out provides over 100 training places per week to approximately 50 individuals with varying degrees of learning disabilities in training and work placement experience across the 4 projects.
Chair: Terry Murphy
Vice Chair: John Rose
Treasurer: Alan McDonald
Trustee: Alison Mair
Trustee: William Mair
Trustee: Timothy Eagle
Trustee: Kenneth McKilligan
Trustee: Mary Ford
Terry Murphy joined the Board in 2015/16. He is our Chairman since March 2018. Terry is married with five children three boys and two girls. He has lived in the area for the last twenty five years. He enjoyed a long successful career in the Royal Air Force. On the subject of his background Terry states "During my service I travelled to many different locations and experienced several operational tours from Northern Ireland to Cyprus and Oman. I left the Royal Air Force and after a short time managing a local Medical Centre I secured employment with an Oilfield Services Company in Libya and within eighteen months I was promoted to General Manager and went on to double the company's business over the next two years. In 2004 I was headhunted to set up and run a new Oilfield Service Company in Tripoli. I quickly established the business and in a short time had won several lucrative contracts with local and International Oil Companies. The security situation was unstable after the war in 2011 and became too dangerous, with that in mind I returned home in early 2013. I am only to happy to join the board of Moray Out Reach and hope that my experience in business will be a valuable asset to the organisation."
John Rose, worked as Operations Manager with Moray Reach Out Waste Watchers for 8 years before retiring in 2016. John has a social work background and firmly believes in the work that Moray Reach Out does.
Alan McDonald joined the Board in June 2014. Alan is our Treasurer since March 2018. He has expertise in business and financial management and currently works for the Citizens Advice Bureau offering support and advice to a wide range of individuals and community groups.
Alison Mair joined the board late 2016. Her son attends Moray Reach Out Recycling, so she has a very close interest in the success of MRO ventures and the positive impact they have on daily life for the trainees who benefit from their endeavours. She firmly believes MRO hasand will continue to have a great influence in the lives of many adults with learning disabilities in the Moray area.
William Mair also joined the board late 2016, after 15 years as a fisherman and 20 years in the oil & gas industry. Through these epxeriences he thought he had seen all of the ups and downs working life can give people, however having a son with learning difficulties he has seen first-hand the fantastic sense of achievement that Moray Reach Out has, and continues to give adults with learning disabilities every day of their working lives.
Kenneth McKilligan joined the Board in March 2018. Kenneth has been involved in farming since leaving school and took over the family farm in 1990. Since 2006 he has also been involved in all types of training in the use of agricultural machines and equipment covering the whole of Scotland. He has a keen interest in furthering people’s work skills and confidence. Skills which he looks forward to putting to good use through Moray Reach Out
Mary Ford joined the board in March 2019. Mary has fantastic retail and organisational skills which she is already putting to use by volunteering in our Thrift shop. Mary is married, is a mother of five children and has seven grandchildren. She was a project manager for people with learning disabilities in Aberdeen with Partnership housing for six years. She moved to Fraserburgh where she bought a confectioners and off licence business which she had for eight years. After selling her business, Mary went into the caring sector working in nursing homes in Fraserburgh and Banff. Mary enjoys being around and working with people and passing on the skills she has achieved in her life. As a volunteer with Moray Reach Out this is what she aims to do to help make it a success.