In Sept '21 Jackie Moffat once again became Chair for the Lockerbie Old School Project, having been its first chairperson. She was a teacher of Home Economics during her working life, culminating in being Principal Teacher at Annan Academy.
She was involved in the Education/Industry link project and sat on the Board of Studies, as well as being a mother of two and local business owner. Following her retirement from teaching she volunteered in the Red Cross shop in Lockerbie and recently received a 10 year long service award for her work there. She also volunteers with Kate’s Kitchen helping to establish a base for it within Lockerbie.
She has been a member of various committees such as Children First, Powfoot Golf Club, Lockerbie Golf Club, and Dumfriesshire Ladies Golf Association.
Catherine LaceyCreative Director
Catherine Lacey, stepped down as Chairperson of the Lockerbie Old School management committee in Sept 21. She studied drama at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh and then followed a career in drama therapy, arts management and training. She is a civil celebrant.
She has worked for a number of local authorities in Edinburgh, Berkshire, Oxford, Dumfries & Galloway and South Wales. She has been active on a number of committees for playgroups, community play and arts organisations.
She is familiar with policy and practice that relates to her chosen work within the voluntary sector and has attended training sessions, seminars and conferences, as well as being involved with national community initiatives such as the Great Get Together, Big Lunch and Arts Events.
Secretary of the Lockerbie Old School management committee, Gillian was born in Lockerbie and was educated at Lockerbie primary and secondary schools. Following completion of her schooling Gillian took a year out to travel to New Zealand. On her return to the UK, she gained work experience in the travel industry and in a record shop. In 1998 she started her training as a midwife at Paisley University, Ayr Campus. Since her graduation in 2001 she has been employed by Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Six years later Gillian trained as a neonatal specialist at The Princess Royal Maternity Hospital and Caledonian University in Glasgow. As a senior practitioner she is used to taking the lead, making decisions under pressure and managing others. When not at work she enjoys family life, looking after her husband Andrew and their two sons Finlay and Rhys, plus a recent addition, a dog named Maddox.
Ken HarveyEstates Manager
Ken Harvey has had a varied working life in heritage, education, sales and financial services.
He graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA(Hons) in Liberal Arts focusing on Culture and Identity. He has been a volunteer with a number of Lockerbie projects and charities and is currently the founder, chief officer and main driver of the Lockerbie Men’s Shed; established to help combat isolation and to promote active lives for older men in the Lockerbie and Lochmaben district.
On behalf of Lockerbie Men's Shed Ken managed the transfer of premises, under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme, from D&G Council. He then oversaw its redevelopment from a worn out, damp former waste paper store to a weathertight, comfortable space suitable for the running of a Men’s Shed, comprising a social area with toilet and kitchen alongside a large woodworking workshop.
Lynda RobertsonLiaison & Local Support
Lynda Robertson is manager of the Red Cross charity shop in Lockerbie and has had a varied working life as well as being a mother of two children. She has been a volunteer for several charities, the local youth club and squash club and enjoys walking, cycling, fitness classes and hiking as well as gardening, baking and reading.
She has organised fashion shows, car boot sales, sponsored walks, afternoon teas, race nights, buffets and special events, both for her work and the charities she volunteers for.
She is an organised person who likes to be creative where possible. She is a very active and enjoys helping others to achieve their goals.
Honor GibsonMarketing Manager
Newest and youngest member of the committee having been an active participant in many of the events involving Lockerbie Old School. Honor brings a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to the project. She has a diverse background in childcare having been a classroom assistant at the local primary school and was a Brownie & Rainbow leader for many years.
Honor has extensive customer service experience having worked in the hospitality industry and is now currently employed at Tesco’s; you can often find her working on the checkout. Outwith work, Honor volunteers as a parent helper as part of the Family Learning Activity Group (FLAG) at her daughters school and is currently training to be a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) ambassador for the community.
Linny is an authority on brand development, PR and marketing and has held fashion editor roles on several titles including The Sunday Herald Magazine, here and in the USA. A former director at The London College of Fashion, Linny is a specialist in identifying and delivering brand collaborations and is an ambassador for linking education with the industry. Linny grew up in Lockerbie and went to school at the old Dryfesdale School and her Mother taught at the school for many years too! Linny came back to the region a few years ago and on her return she headed up the development and grand opening of the Annandale Distillery’s innovative Visitor Centre. Linny is passionate about the development of creativity and tourism in Dumfries and Galloway. She is the owner of the The Love Bug D&G which offers classic VW Cars for hire for events, and weddings and bespoke tours of the region including a distillery trail along the SWC300.
George joined the committee in September ‘21 and brings with him a wealth of experience professionally and as an enthusiastic local volunteer. He worked mainly in the local area in both the dairy manufacturing industry and high quality printed packaging. His roles were mainly Managerial in Technical,Quality Systems and Food Safety as well as raw material procurement and Customer Technical support. He served on numerous Industry trade associations within the Scottish and UK Dairy sector. George has been involved in positions of office in local football clubs for nearly 30 years particularly in football admin, development and fund raising. He is currently Secretary of Lochmaben Football Club and is on the Executive of the South of Scotland Football Association. Other past voluntary committee roles include Lockerbie Wildlife Trust,Mid Annandale Comrades Club,Hutton Hall Committee. He has been a Volunteer Driver for the Annandale Community Transport Service for the last nine years. George is passionate about all things local and since October 2020 he has set up and been the administrator of the Lockerbie past and present FB page. He also is a keen photographer and enjoys being out in the countryside walking with his dogs.
Stuart BoweProject Manager
Stuart joined us as Project Manager in September '21. He has lived in the area for 12 years, originally from Cumbria and currently lives between Lockerbie and Lochmaben.
Stuart sits on the Royal Four Towns Community Council and has also been a Magistrate.
Professionally Stuart was in the Merchant Navy as an engineer and then moved onto working in various roles within the nuclear industry. He has extensive experience in project management, community enterprise and business development. Stuart brings a unique range of skills and experience to the project and we look forward to working with him to push the project forward.
Jen DeveryCommunications & Engagement Officer
Working part time for the Lockerbie Old School committee Jen, though born in the south of England has lived in Scotland for most of her adult life. With a background in administration, IT and customer service management she has a wealth of experience that she brings to the role. She has worked in both the private and public sectors and during the recent Covid 19 Pandemic she was a Council Volunteer helping her local community council give assistance to those in need.
Whilst living in Argyll she was chair of her local Riding for the Disabled Group managing over 60 volunteers and 80 riders with additional needs.
At the same time as being the Communications and Engagement Officer for the Old School Project Jen farms her smallholding and has her own art studio.