Having retired this year has given me more time to put something back into the community. After a busy working life I left my employment with an IT support company of 33 years. Prior to that I worked for a couple of years in Dubai, UAE. Before that spent 12 Years in the Royal Air Force leaving in the rank of Sergeant at RAF Kinloss, Moray. I arrived in Ellon in 1984 and put my roots down here. Joined McDonald golf club in 1986. In 2003 I was elected to the club council, first as Greens Convener then as Match and Handicap convener. Over the coming years there will be some big changes in Ellon with the Local Development Plan. I would like to see changes for the better while retaining the character of Ellon.