Scone & District Community Council Members

Vanessa Shand: Chairperson

I moved to Scone from England over 20 years ago just before my husband retired from the British Army. I have worked in the NHS all of my adult life, apart from 6 years when we lived in Germany and I worked for the MoD.

I like caravaning in the UK, no matter what the weather and going abroad for the sun!

Hazel Mackinnon: Secretary

I have recently retired from 42 years teaching, have lived in Scone for 37 years while bringing up my family of two boys and am now a grandmother. My outdoor hobbies are golfing, hillwalking and caravanning in the summer with fair weather skiing, reading and craftwork during the long winter evenings.

I hope that by joining the Community Council I can help provide a better social environment for everyone

David Dykes: Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer

I am a retired telecommunications worker. I worked overseas for 28 years and for 12 years in the UK.I have now lived in Scone for the past 5 years, however, I have been associated with it since 1969.

I am married with 3 children and 1 grandson. I enjoy badminton, WRVS, vegetable gardening, travel and holidaying.

Donald McKerracher: Planning Convener

I am a retired Civil Engineer and have been resident in the Scone area since 1975. I have spent the last 25 years living in Stormontfield. I was chairman of our local Proprietor’s Association for over 20 years and I also carry out voluntary work for two charities.

I am married with two sons and four grandsons.

Bill Paterson: Deputy Planning Convener & Data Protection Officer

Most of my working life was as a Royal Mail Processing Manager over a 30 year period in Perth & Edinburgh although I spent the last few years working as a Security Manager at the Scottish Office and Scottish Parliament.

I am married with a daughter and have lived in Scone for 29 years. Among my interests are computing & software development and I enjoy walking, travel and reading.

I hope to encourage significant members of our community to attend our monthly meetings to support our efforts in representing their interests

Martin Rhodes (Co-opted member)

I am now retired. I was a Team Leader for Diageo – mainly with John Dewar and Sons, Inveralmond and then at Leven, Fife.

I have lived in Scone for 42 years and served on the Community Council for several years, latterly as Chair until 2009.

Jill Belch (Co-opted member)

I have lived in the area since 1987 and very much value the community I live in, having moved here from the centre of Glasgow. I have been grateful for the education provided to my 4 children by the Robert Douglas Memorial School, and for the other lifestyle benefits from living in Scone.

I work each day in Ninewells Hospital as I am associated with 3 medical charities however I would now like to try to put something back into the community which has supported my family and I for so many years, thus my to join the Community Council.

Gordon Clark (Co-opted member)

I was baptised in the West Church (now Abbey Park) on Abbey Road and brought up in Goshen; attending RDMS and Perth Academy. I spent 30 years overseas; mainly in the MENA Region and, now, work as a Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator in International and Domestic Commercial disputes from home.

I am married with 2, Scone-based, adult children. My 92-year-old mother, who was born in Mansfield Road, now resides in the RDM Home. I enjoy walking, reading and serving my local community.