Allister is currently Head of Operations for the Atos UK&I Engineering Communities, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. Prior to that he worked as a Systems Analyst and then computing Architect for a major bank for 18 years. Allister has extensive experience as an enterprise-level information systems architect, and has designed Architectures for English and Scottish NHS national services, a major UK financial services institution, several national public services, and the Scottish national tourist body. He also lectured in computing for Open College for five years, and represented business on the Industrial Liaison Panel of Liverpool University for several years.
Allister volunteered for ‘Covenanters’ (now merged with ‘Youth For Christ’), a Christian young people’s organisation for nearly forty years; starting as a member and ending as the main Group Leader. For the final 11 years, he also held various roles at national and regional levels, including Chairman and Publicity Officer.
For relaxation, Allister loves the outdoors, reading about astronomy, science, technology & IT, and writing. Along with his wife they enjoy hill walking and cycling, and have even bagged the occasional Munroe, Corbett and Graham, together.
Fiona is a solicitor and currently works as a Court-appointed Reporter and Safeguarder in cases concerning children and vulnerable adults. Before this, she worked for 20 years with Garden Stirling and Burnet, a firm of solicitors, in the court department doing a variety of work for clients but specialising in family cases. Previously, Fiona also taught law at Heriot Watt and Napier Universities.
She is involved in a number of local organisations as chairman of Fala Community Association, a trustee of DLX (Dunlaw Windfarm Extension Community Benefit Trust) and safeguarding coordinator of Tyne Valley Parish Church, as well as assisting in church outreach activities.
Fiona has three adult sons and enjoys family time, gardening, beekeeping, hill walking and helping out on the family farm.
Liz trained as a Nurse at Stracathro Hospital in Angus, moving from there to Edinburgh to gain further experience in both the Royal Infirmary and St Columba’s Hospice. Liz chose to specialise in Community Palliative Care, completed a Diploma in District Nursing from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, and was then successful in being appointed to the Community Team at the Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh. Liz spent 22 years in this post, and completed a MSc in Palliative Care from Glasgow University. The role developed into that of Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialist. This involved visiting patients and families in their own homes to offer support and help with symptoms (physical and psychological), and liaising with community professionals, hospital and hospice staff.
Having recently taken early retirement, Liz is now enjoying long walks and exploring Scotland with her husband and their Border Terrier, Bruach.