Trustees

AFCCT is fortunate to have a dedicated, experienced and varied Board of Trustees.
With a broad range of professional and personal attributes, the AFCCT Trustees contribute significantly to the vision and direction of AFCCT activities, as well as ensuring the Trust's business and financial governance remains transparent and conforms to the relevant charitable legislation and the requirements of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Duncan Skinner

Duncan Ross Skinner (Chairperson)

Duncan has spent over 50 years in and around Aberdeen, and is an Aberdeen fan and member of the AFC 50 Club.
As a Chartered Management Accountant with a degree in Business Management, he spent 35 years in Oil and Gas contracting industry, holding many senior posts.
In 2013, despite being well short of retirement age, he 'retired' to concentrate on Social Enterprise and charity work, primarily concerned with local issues and particularly helping in fields of youth unemployment, disabled, and disadvantaged.
In addition to being the Chairman of AFCCT, Duncan currently occupies a variety of other roles including Chairman of Glencraft (Aberdeen) Limited and President of the Hebridean Engineering Society.
In January 2015 Duncan joined the AFC Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Jim Knowles

James Knowles (Vice Chair)

James spent many years in local government in the north east of Scotland and retired as Head of Economic Development in Aberdeenshire in 2010.
His areas of responsibility varied from the energy sector to food and drink, agriculture and fishing, Europe and helping and supporting small businesses. James is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen.
He has been, and continues to be, involved with Northsound Cash for Kids Charity over a period of 20 years and chaired a number of groups including Leader, and Working for Families, as well as being involved in national committees for economic development.
Has an interest in most sports, was Chair of Stonehaven Youth Football Club in the 1990s and is currently The Chair of RunBalmoral.
Since his 'retirement' James has consistently given something back to the community, and now mentors people and businesses, is a member of the Prince's Trust, Treasurer of Langstane Housing Association, Member of Board of Management of Moray College in Elgin and adviser to HOMESTART.

Louise M Baxter

Louise spent most of her working life in education involving arts and cultural education, being engaged with nursery, primary, special education and secondary schools during a 25 year career. Louise moved into Cultural Services as Acting Arts Education Co-ordinator with Aberdeen City, and then as Cultural Co-ordinator for Visual Arts, Film and Literature. Her qualifications include Diploma in Art and Design, Post graduate diploma in secondary education, and Post graduate certificate in Special Educational Needs. In addition to her work supporting AFCCT Louise's many other community focused activities include Chair of Castlegate Arts; Trustee at Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations; founder member of AB+; member of Aberdeen's Cultural Network Strategy Group, as well as being a Burgess of the Guild City of Aberdeen.

Louise's diverse personal interests include Visual Arts, theatre, education, history, architecture, current affairs, running, cooking, reading and travel. Louise was born, and grew up, within 'roaring' distance of Pittodrie Stadium.

Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas BA (Theo)

Barry is an ordained minister with Assemblies of God and is currently the minister of Seaton Community Church.
Barry has served as Honorary Chaplain for Aberdeen University and is currently the AFC Club Chaplain.
In 2013, Barry launched the Trussell Trust Foodbank based in Seaton.
Edel Harris

Edel Harris

Edel Harris is the Chief Executive of Cornerstone having previously been Deputy Chief Executive of Aberdeen Foyer. Cornerstone is one of Scotland's largest charitable organisations providing a wide range of health and social care services to people with disabilities and other support needs.
Edel's background is in health promotion, and has significant experience in leading a commercial social enterprise and in developing new social care services.
Edel is currently President of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Opportunity North East. Edel is an avid Dons fan.

Jill Harris

Jill Harris, MA (Hons)

Jill Harris is a graduate from University of Aberdeen and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS).
Jill worked within professional accountancy practice from 2005 until 2010 prior to moving into the oil and gas industry.
Jill is a past president of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Aberdeen, having been involved for a number of years, taking on roles of Business and Community Director in 2011 and President in 2012, and Communications Director for JCI Scotland in 2013. She is now a senator with JCI.


Neil Hendry

Neil began his career at Robert Gordon's College as a PE teacher, before moving to St Machar Academy where he served as Principal Teacher of Guidance, Assistant Head and Deputy Head Teacher. Neil then spent 2 years as a Quality Improvement Officer for Aberdeen City Council, and was Head Teacher at Northfield Academy. Currently he is Head Teacher at Lochisde Academy which will open in August 2018.
Neil was strategic Lead for Health Promoting Schools and Health and Wellbeing in Aberdeen City, which lead to his involvement in a number of national and local steering groups. He is currently a member of the board of the Aberdeen charity, Choices and is a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen.
Neil played Rugby League for Scotland, Scotland Students and Great Britain Students. He also played Rugby Union for Aberdeen Grammar School FPs, and captained an Ellon Rugby Football Club team. He is a regular golfer and a Club Golf Coach. He is a lifelong Dons fan and season ticket holder.

Steve Innes

Steve was born in Wick, and moved to Inverurie in 1973. Steve is Managing Director of I & K Motors, Inverurie, established by him in 1983. He is also a partner in property company, Be Traist Properties. Steve has served in the community service group, Inverurie and District Round Table for many years, holding posts of Chairman, Area Chairman, and in the National Council, ultimately becoming National Sports Councillor serving in the National Executive. He was made an Hon. Chairman on his retirement from Round Table. Steve served as Chairman of Inverurie Locoworks FC for almost eight years, following their admission to the Highland League. He later served 3 years as a Director at Peterhead FC. Steve, a keen musician, has been involved in charitable fundraising for many years, organising special events for a great many charities including Cancer Research, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and CLAN. Steve's love of football continues as a member of Aberdeen FC 50 Club. He is married with two children and a grandson.

Innes Walker

Innes is Superintendent for Operational Policing in the North East Division of Police Scotland. This role includes managing performance in relation to local policing, public protection, serious & organised crime, national security and for ensuring the development of effective partnerships with other agencies. Innes has a broad range of policing experience at various ranks and was the first UK Police Officer to be awarded the prestigious Butler Trust Award for Public Protection by the Scottish Prison Service. Innes has worked closely and very positively with AFC for almost 10 years as Match Commander and is now one of the most experienced Officers to undertake this role in Scotland. Born and educated in Aberdeen he attended RGIT, gaining a BA in Applied Social Studies and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, prior to joining the Police. He is married with four children, and is a lifelong Aberdeen fan.

George Yule

George Yule

George Yule is a full-time Vice Chairman of AFC.
His remit extends to all parts of AFC business including football, commercial, community, corporate and to build & sustain positive stakeholder relations. George was born and brought up in Aberdeen, and has worked in the Oil & Gas sector both on and offshore. During his career George's abilities have been recognised on a number of occasions resulting in him receiving a number of personal and professional awards.
George is a former Chairman of Aberdeen Sports Village, a past President of the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, and an Honorary Fellow of University of Aberdeen. Formerly he was a very keen sportsman who played football, rugby, golf and cricket.
Needless to say, George is a committed Dons fan.
As well as being a major shareholder in AFC, George is one of the driving forces behind the introduction and ongoing development of Aberdeen FC Community Trust.
In 2016, George received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen for his work in the city and the building of the Sports Village and Aquatics Centre.

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