John is passionate about everything related to cycling and is driving the development of cycling activities in Coupar Angus. He is also interested in climate change and the effect it has on the environment which strongly ties in with FCA’s cycling project. He wants to encourage people of all ages to get on their bikes - not just for leisure or to stay healthy but for day to day travel to help reduce carbon emissions. John is also involved in writing grant applications for a number of FCA projects.
Val teaches English to foreigners and aims to help these new Scots integrate into our community. She manages the editorial and print production of the town’s CANdo magazine and gathers local stories and information about news and events. Val is also an accomplished knitter and you’ll recognise her knitted bike. She runs a group of keen ‘yarnstormers’ who meet socially to show each other new and old skills with yarn, sometimes for good causes or just to brighten up Coupar Angus.
Wendy has lived in Coupar Angus for many years, running the dental practice in the town. She leads the growing and cooking projects including the community gardens. The community gardens are now yielding beautiful crops which are being sold in the High Street Store. Wendy now focuses on opportunities to improve the economic aspect of the town’s development for people of all ages in the town through education, training and volunteering initiatives which will help increase people’s employability and build a foundation for the future.
Joe has lived in Coupar Angus for almost all of his life and is married to Anne with two grown up boys. He worked as a hospital pharmacist for 35 years before retiring to pursue his new venture of buying and selling antiques and collectables. Joe gets hand on with the MAD Squad, cajoling the group each Tuesday morning to repair, maintain or help clear paths, grounds and more - anything that needs done around the town. Joe is also the current chairman and a founder member of the Coupar Angus and District Heritage Association.
Kenny has lived in Coupar Angus for a long time and believes they are the best years. He now has the time to give something back to the town he loves. Kenny is a member of the M.A.D Squad and also manages the operational running of the former Bowling Club which includes the club’s function room and the Coupar Angus Cycling Hub.
John is a solicitor with the Blairgowrie-based firm Miller Gerrard and he has lived and worked in Blairgowrie for over forty years. He oversees any legal contracts on behalf of FCA. John is married with three children, two of whom work in the same firm. His main hobbies are Scottish Country Dancing and visiting archaeological remains.
Elaine is married with two grown up kids and has lived in Meigle for over 35 years. She has been a Business Manager with BMW for 13 years and now works with Audi. Prior to that, Elaine was a Branch & Retail Manager with RBS. She wants to be able to use her experience to give back to the community by assisting the FCA team and help build on their success. Elaine enjoys various craft hobbies and is especially interested in the local FCA High Street Store.
Teresa Donaldson takes care of Forward Coupar Angus financial records and administration. She runs her own business and has many years’ experience of managing both charity and private sector finance records. Teresa also works at the Strathmore Centre for Youth Development (SCYD), a charity aimed at offering young people aged between 11-25 years, information, support and access to a range of services as well as employability, training and volunteering opportunities, where she is responsible for facility, finance and administration. She is a keen Coupar Angus Cycling Hub convert to the benefits of cycling!
Elly is a marketing professional and has worked with businesses ranging from small start-ups to large international organisations - particularly in the Information Technology and IT Security industry for over 25 years. She moved to Blairgowrie in 2017 and has been getting involved in community projects, where she is able to use her experience to provide advice and apply her skills to help, in this case FCA, promote and build on their success. Elly is also interested in local produce growers and food sustainability.