Russell Ritchie – Chair
Having lived in Kingswells with my wife Julie since 1998 we have seen many changes, made many friends and watched out community grow. I joined the community council last year as an associate member hoping to get a better understanding of the challenges in our community and to help make continuous improvements and share information more effectively across Kingswells. I was asked to take on the role of chair in an acting capacity until our AGM in March 2019 to allow the new members to settle in and focus on strengthening our community before confirming my appointment as full time chair since then.
I work in the Oil & Gas industry and have my own business and like most have seen some challenging times in the last few years. Aberdeen City council is no different and is also dealing with some savage budget constraints so we need a greater reliance on the local community and framework to keep Kingswells special and working to retain its unique appeal and spirit.
Dianne Stewart – Secretary
I have lived in Kingswells for over 20 years and love the picturesque setting of the village and that feeling of being in the countryside where its close enough to the city but far enough away for it to feel secluded and uncluttered. After working in global corporate roles for a couple of decades I decided to set up on my own and for the last 5 years I’ve enjoyed the freedom of being my own boss and establishing lifestyle choices that work for me including some capacity to undertake voluntary and community based activities. Until recently I was unaware of who the local Community Councillors were and what role the organisation played in Kingswells so decided to attend a meeting to find out what it was all about. It was evident that some diversity and new ideas where needed to compliment and enhance the current membership and I was elected onto the new council in Oct 2018.
I’m a dog owner and enjoy the variety of walks and woodland that surround the village and have met other dog owners, ramblers, residents through walking my pooch. I’m passionate about Aberdeen and especially the area of Kingswells and really keen to build more community spirit for the benefit of us all.
Denise Poole – Treasurer
I have been a resident of Kingswells for over 25 years and throughout this time I’ve always been actively involved in the Community. I currently support the Primary School PTA and Parent Council, plus I’m the Treasurer of Bucksburn Academy Parent Council and their fundraising body, “Funraisers”, in addition to fulfilling my role as Treasurer with KCC. My background is in secretarial/administration roles and I also work part time for a local business. I really enjoy living in Kingswells and find it very fulfilling taking an active role in the community and being able to improve things for others.
I’ve been a resident of Kingswells for over 10 years. I am a consultant drilling engineer and have pastoral responsibilities at a community church in Northfield. Following my relocation to Aberdeen in 2007, it took us over a year to find the perfect location to settle as a family. Kingswells ticked all the boxes for us; family oriented, a bit of the “country side” feel and a community atmosphere. I joined KCC as an opportunity to contribute in fostering the community atmosphere and preserving our environment. I love exploring nature (though I don’t get out as much as I would love to ). I am married to Veronica and my 3 boys; Efosa 12, Osas 9 and Osare 4, keep me fairly busy as you can imagine. I’m involved with various community outreach initiatives in the Northfield area through the Lovebridge Community Church.
I’ve lived in Kingswells for 17 years and I like staying here because it’s close enough to town but also close to the country side, plus we have some amazing walks around us where I can take the dog! I work for Schlumberger as a Field Engineer which takes me all over the world and often means Im away from home a lot so its even more important to me to have a great place to stay. I watd to join the KCC to provide my voice and input to Kingswells. I golf and play football when I can and love going hillwalking with my wife and dog. I’m a keen runner and have run marathons for Macmillan Cancer Support which I also undertake voluntary work for.
“I’ve enjoyed living in Kingswells for 13 years this June and have been involved with the Kingswells Primary PTA previously and also helped out at the school in other ways too. It’s always rewarding to be able to help, even if only a small amount – it all adds up to a community benefit.
I was always aware of the existence of KCC but hadn’t had much to do with it up until last year (2018) when I was asked to go along and “see what it’s about”. I thought why not? and since then have become a member of the council with a view to improving our village and helping other people/businesses to make the most of our community and what it has to offer us.
I’m also on the Parent Council at Bucksburn Academy which is a good way to know more about the good stuff that happens there, and a good link between Kingswells and Bucksburn as most of our Primary kids go there for their high school education.
I’m to be found walking my dog around the village most days (or him walking me!) and therefore take a keen interest in the walks and public areas in our village and like to see it kept clean and tidy as much as possible for everyone, whilst taking note of things which may need KCC or ACC help/action.
I’d encourage anyone in the village to pop along to any of our meetings if they have anything they wish to bring to our attention or even just for a nosy at what we do at them!”
Kevin MacLeod – Vice Chair
My name is Aleen Shinnie & I have been a resident in Kingswells now for over 20 years.
As the village has grown, there is a greater need for us as part of the Community Council to make Kingswells a friendly, enjoyable place for people to live.
I was the Chair of a very active Toddlers group in Kingswells with a fantastic group of other local mums.
I campaigned when the village was on the verge of losing the Bus service, which we thankfully now have.
I wanted to get involved with the KCC to help get the best for the village and improve the facilities for all the residents.