TCT trustees are members of Thornhill Community Trust who are elected to the TCT Board to manage and administer the Trust according to its constitution and ensure that the Trust meets its obligations. The trustee role is voluntary.
The current trustees are listed below along with a brief biography (Current Feb 2021).
Kate Anderson (TCT Treasurer)
Kate is from East Lothian and moved to Thornhill in 2002 with her husband, Roddy. She is a speech and language therapist, working with children with complex needs in both Stirling and Clackmannanshire schools. She was on the Thornhill and
Blairdrummond Community Council for several years and has been a TCT trustee since 2011 with roles including membership secretary and chair. She has just taken over the role of treasurer for a bit of variety! She enjoys walking, particularly long-distance walking holidays with friends, as well as gardening, both of which give ample opportunities for wildlife and bird watching.
Anneli Englund (Membership Secretary)
Anneli lives with her husband Mark (also a TCT trustee) and their 7-year old daughter Eilidh on the western outskirts of Thornhill. She grew up in Sweden, spent 13 years in Ireland studying marine mammals and completing a PhD on dolphin acoustics before moving to Stirlingshire in 2014. She is now working for a renewable energy consultancy, focussing on bat call analysis and GIS. She is currently membership secretary at TCT and has been involved in the planning of Light Up Thornhill events. She enjoys kayaking, cycling, hill walking, camping and playing boardgames with her family.
Karin has lived in the Thornhill area since around 2001. Originally from the Netherlands, she moved to Glasgow 25 years ago. After the birth of their two children, she and her partner Dave moved to Ruskie initially and a few years later settled in the village. She is a lecturer in Environmental Management and leads the MSc Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University, where she is also active in various environmental research projects. She has been a Trustee since 2015 and is also active in the biodiversity group and the Carse of Stirling Partnership. She likes to get out hillwalking, cycling, canoeing, swimming and generally pottering about outdoors.
Fiona has lived in Thornhill for 20 years and in Scotland for 47. Previously a Librarian, she enjoys gardening and walking with her dog Sparky. She has been a TCT Trustee for several years, with main interests in the Paths and Biodiversity groups. Fiona has been a member of the Thornhill Views team since its foundation. She is also a North Common Trustee.
Jim and his wife Lin moved into Moss-Side Hall, on the Kippen Road, at the end of 2019. Originally from Paisley, they lived in Cheltenham for over 30 years where Jim founded an environmental monitoring company, from which he retired in June 2019. Two of Lin and Jim’s five children, plus their grandchildren, now also live in the village. Now semi-retired, Jim continues to be involved in environmental consultancy work and is currently chair of the Environmental Industries Commission’s working group on air quality and sits on a number of environmental research committees. In his spare time he is also the booking secretary for the community hall, issues TCT welcome packs to newcomers and helps with the Christmas tree and lights around the village.
Alexander Pfretzschner (TCT Chair)
Alexander grew up and went to school in Germany. He came back to the UK ten years ago, originally to Brighton where he started working in the software industry. Alexander’s partner Jill is from East Lothian and they have always loved being in nature and enjoy gardening and making things, so in 2018 decided to leave the busy South East and moved to the outskirts of the village. Alexander is interested in permaculture and blacksmithing among other things, so is currently experimenting forging sickles.
Gary Richardson hails from Cornwall and has been living in the Stirling area since 2004. In the past, Gary worked permanently from home as a project manager for a software company. These days, he has more time to spend on community projects, the house and garden, all of which he enjoys. Gary has been working with the other volunteers on Thornhill Views for a few years and lately, with the village Paths Group. This led to him to become a TCT Trustee in late 2020; like the other Trustees, he is very excited about the possibilities which Thornhill Futures might present. Gary, his husband and Bertie the Border Terrier love to be in the garden or out and about and particularly like trips away in their touring caravan during the summertime (or “BCT” (British Caravanning Time), as he likes to call it!
Kate Sankey has been at West Moss-side Organic Farm for 30 years and has been a TCT Trustee for 3 years. The farm includes part of Flanders Moss NNR and the farm objectives are biodiversity and habitat management. She gave up the day job at the University of Stirling in 2006 to focus on the farm and agritourism. The hayloft was converted into a place to meet, and hosts craft courses, the annual Forth Valley Art Beat exhibition, events etc. The three glamping Trossachs Yurts have been up and running for 10 seasons. Kate is a creative artist and weaver of natural materials from the farm and the moss and has run two art projects with local young people on the moss. She was one of the original members of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and is committed to improving the role of communities in influencing decisions about land use and environment, so is especially looking forward to the Thornhill Futures project.
Richard and his wife Sue have lived on Main Street for twenty years. Their two children, Lucy and Angus, flew the nest after going through Thornhill Primary School and McLaren. Richard grew up in London, did all sorts of jobs, moved to the Borders in 1987 to run an outdoor centre and has stayed in God’s own country ever since. Sue taught at Doune Primary School and Richard is still an independent social worker, the best bit of which, he says, is being involved with the wonderful Lilias Graham Trust on our doorstep. Richard and Sue love to spend time in the hills and in boats and kayaks whenever they can. Richard was active in the early days of TCT, especially with the paths group and became a trustee in December 2020.
Alison Wallis (TCT Secretary)
Alison grew up on a farm in Galloway and moved to Edinburgh to study nursing. She was a District Nurse in West Lothian for over 20 years, then worked in various roles involving IT and health information, finishing up as eHealth Advisor for the Royal College of Nursing. After retirement Alison and her husband Neil moved to Netherton Farm near Thornhill in 2018. They are enjoying being part of a small friendly community. Both are members of the Paths Group and Alison became a TCT trustee in 2019 with responsibility for re-developing and maintaining the community website. She became secretary of TCT in 2020. Neil and Alison enjoy walking, cycling, gardening and nature watching.
Mark Wilson has been living on the western fringe of Thornhill in Chapel of Boquhapple (pronounced “Buh-whapple”) for three years now, with his wife Anneli (also a TCT trustee) and seven-year-old daughter, Eilidh. He hails from not far away, having spent most of childhood in Perth and Fife. After spending many years studying birds in Scotland, England and Ireland, Mark now works as a Senior Research Ecologist for a small research charity called the British Trust for Ornithology, which coordinates bird monitoring and ringing across the UK. He got involved with TCT (and the closely related Thornhill Biodiversity Group) primarily to help with work to encourage and support people to better understand, and more thoroughly enjoy, the wildlife on their doorsteps. Mark is a keen bird ringer and moth trapper, and monitors the Barn Owls nesting in about 20 nest boxes around Flanders Moss.