ENERGY EFFICIENCY OFFICER, MONCREIFF ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT
I am 53 and live in Airdrie in North Lanarkshire, where I grew up. My dad and younger brother Alastair also live in the town. As we all know, Lanarkshire is the centre of the known universe, so why move away? Having said that, I lived in various parts of England in my twenties and I taught English for a year in Lebanon in 1999 on a placement with a Christian organisation.
I attend the High Church in Airdrie, which, like Moncreiff is a Church of Scotland congregation. I was baptised in the High in 1968 and, apparently, I caused mayhem there aged around two as I recognised my district nurse as she was taking her place in the church choir. I bawled at the top of my voice 'There's Nurse Harvey!' as I was so excited to see her. I doubt I have got quieter since then! I serve on the Kirk Session and the Board and I contribute a lot of articles to our newsletter. Being Presbytery Elder for the almost the past decade has helped me get a sense of what Kirk members are thinking and saying in other congregations.
My work history has been varied, including work as a trainee surveyor and in housing, homelessness, criminal justice and environmental projects. A few years ago, I worked with the Wise Group and Zero Waste Scotland on a project to encourage restaurants, cafes, hotels and pubs to offer uneaten food in ‘doggy boxes’ for customers to take home and enjoy later. Apart from that, since 2011, I have worked as energy advisor or team leader in energy advice projects. I have travelled far: well, to Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Clackmannanshire, if any of these places count as far flung.
When working in South Lanarkshire, although our project covered the whole Council area, I remember Calderwood well. Firstly, my line manager (with whom I got on really well) was from the area. Secondly, the very inspiring advisor who covered much of East Kilbride for the project was living in Calderwood. Thirdly, the project had some great energy visits which held some Calderwood households who were struggling with bills or had complained to their suppliers. I became familiar with some of the Calderwood streets and seemed often to be refuelling at the very friendly petrol station on Maxwellton Road.
Some of my hobbies are reading, walking, swimming, travel, cinema and politics. (Did I say I was Presbytery Elder?) In recent years I have been blessed to experience Morocco, Tunisia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
This photo was taken in Hanoi, Vietnam. I am the one on the right. Neither my friend nor I would make great fruit sellers.