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LORD-LIEUTENANT

LIEUTENANT- COLONEL  JOHNNY  STEWART

Johnny Stewart was born in Edinburgh on 21st August 1957.  He was brought up on a farm called Arndean in Central Scotland.  He has two sisters and a brother.  He is married to Katie, who runs a clothing import and distribution business, and they have three children, Rory (2000), Alice (2002) and Eleanor (2004).  The family lives in the family home, Arndean, after his parents moved out in 2007.

He was educated at Eton College where he enjoyed playing golf amongst other sports.

In 1976 Johnny joined the Army and served 22 years in the Scots Guards, serving in many areas of the world but his active service was mainly in Northern Ireland and Bosnia.  During his service, he was Equerry to HRH The Duke of Kent for 3 years.  He commanded his Regiment from 1997 – 1999, in Northern Ireland and Windsor.  The highlight of his career was to command the Trooping of the Colour Parade in London.

He left the Army in 1999 to return to Scotland to take over the farm from his father who wished to retire.  The farm is near Dollar in Clackmannanshire and has sheep and forestry.  He runs a golf travel business called JCS Golf.  His main hobbies are shooting, tennis and golf.

He became Lord-Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire on 5th June 2014 upon the retirement of Sir George Reid and, in doing so, follows his father Bobby Stewart who held the post from 1995 to 2001 into that role.


VICE LORD-LIEUTENANT

JOHN SPRUCE

John was educated in Manchester and has lived in Alva for over 30 years. He is married to Anne with two sons who are both married and living locally.

After graduating in Manchester, John joined ICI and worked for them or their off-shoots for 25 years, eventually retiring as Head of Engineering in 2005.

He has been involved in many voluntary activities all his life and has been active in Scouting as a volunteer for over 40 years, including 15 years as District Commissioner for Clackmannanshire and is currently District Chair of Clackmannanshire Scout Council. He is also a Director at Dalgety Bay Sailing club and an Elder at Alva Parish Church.

He enjoys sailing, DIY, gardening, hillwalking and skiing

John was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant in 2015 and Vice Lord-Lieutenant in 2017


DEPUTY LIEUTENANTS

ANNE SPRUCE

Anne completed her degree in Education in Manchester and when she moved to Alva over 30 years ago, taught at Alva Primary School for 21 years before her retirement. She is married with two sons and 2 grandchildren.

She completed 30 years’ service to Guiding and is still a volunteer with Scouting after almost 40 years’ service, including roles as Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers and Assistant Group Scout Leader in Alva. She is currently treasurer of Alva Community Council.


 


HECTOR NICOLSON

Hector Nicolson was born in Kilchoan, on the westernmost part of mainland Scotland where he spent his infant years.  He was then brought up and educated on the Isle of Skye and, for a short period of time, in Carnbo, Kinross.  He was further educated at Falkirk College.

He joined the Police in Stirling in 1963 and saw service at various stations throughout the Central belt, but mainly in Clackmannanshire.  He retired from police service in 1997.  He was thereafter retained by the Police in a civilian capacity involved in road safety and traffic management matters.  He retired from that position in 2011.

Mr. Nicolson was a Member of the Institute of Road Safety Officers; a mountain rescue co-ordinator; a past President of Dollar Burns Club; a Past President of Alloa & District Round Table and Past President of the Rotary Club of Alloa. He has also been made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for his work in the local community and internationally. 

In 2010 he was nominated by the people of Clackmannanshire for Citizen of the Year.

Mr Nicolson is currently a committee member of the Retired Police Officer's Association and a committee convenor of the Rotary Club of Alloa. 

Mr Nicolson has resided in Clackmannanshire since 1973.  He is married with two sons and four grandchildren.


NEIL McFARLANE

Neil R McFarlane F.G.A. was born in Airthrey Castle and brought up in Clackmannanshire, attending Dollar Academy before starting his career with the Clydesdale Bank, which saw him working in Clackmannanshire, Fife and then Edinburgh.

He joined the family Watchmaker & Jewellers business in 1990 and was married the following year. He qualified as a gemologist in 1992 with a Fellowship of the Gemmological Association & Gem Testing Lab of Great Britain. Neil and his wife Elaine continue to live and work in Clackmannanshire and have two daughters.

Neil was involved in Scouting as a Scout and leader, and was also a volunteer and trainer for the British Red Cross Society for over 20 years. He has been involved in the various town centre and county business organisations, chairing the Traders Association for many years, a founder member of Clackmannanshire Business, Clackmannanshire Tourism Association and also served as a director with the Alloa town centre Business Improvement District.

Neil’s interests include travel and hill walking, along with his passion for skiing, on a recreational basis and also as an instructor at the local dry ski slope. He currently volunteers as a member and instructor with Disability Snowsports UK.


TIMOTHY ALLAN (TIM)

Tim Allan FRSA is a private equity and property entrepreneur with many outside philanthropic interests. He owns Unicorn Property Group an award-winning Scottish property business and is particularly involved in the regeneration of Dundee and the Tay Cities Deal.  A Member of Court at the University of St Andrews, Tim is President and Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Vice Chair of the V&A Museum of Design Campaign.

A St Andrews graduate, he served in the British Army for 10 years and thereafter spent 7 years in private wealth working for Citigroup and UBS with some of the UK’s most prominent entrepreneurs. He founded Unicorn in 2005.

Tim has had extensive interests in the fuel forecourt sector being a founder and director of Motor Fuel Group, the second largest independent fuel retailer in the UK with more than 430 stations.

Outside his business, Tim was a member of the Scotland Committee of the BIG Lottery Fund for 7 years and was formerly the Chair of Young Enterprise Scotland, the leading business and enterprise education charity in Scotland.  He served as President of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2016.

In April 2010, Tim was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Tim was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire in 2017.


JOHN MacPHERSON

John MacPherson was born in Alloa in 1950. He was educated locally at what was then Forebraes High School and thereafter at Falkirk College of Technology. He took up employment thereafter in the town. He operated a mini grocery store from premises in Medwyn Place from which he, along with son Barry, developed Alloa Hire Centre. The business expanded rapidly and moved to premises in Tullibody where it still trades to this day, after over 30 years of successful endeavour.

John has taken more of a back seat in the business in recent years, but continues to be involved in the business of the town through Rotary and is currently (March 2018) the President of Alloa Burns Club. John has a passion for music and is an extremely fine singer and player of the guitar, regularly giving performances at Burns Suppers and beyond. He enjoys cycling and being outdoors. He is married to Maureen and has a son and a daughter and several grandchildren on whom he dotes.


MARGARET PATERSON

Margaret has been a Deputy Lieutenant for Clackmannanshire since September 2014. She very much enjoys keeping active in her retirement and holds other volunteer positions in addition to this as Chairperson of Clackmannanshire CAB and is a director of the Bowden Trust and Reach Out with Arts in Mind.  

Margaret served 15 years as a Councillor on Clackmannan District Council and thereafter Clackmannanshire Council. During her time there she held various posts including Vice Chairperson of Housing, Deputy Provost, Education Convenor and the last four years as Leader of the Council.  

Margaret is keen to urge potential volunteers to get in touch with CTSI and register their interest in the work of the voluntary sector. She believes that everyone has something to offer and the satisfaction of supporting a third sector organisation to fulfil its aims and objectives is both satisfying on a personal level and beneficial to the organisations continued presence.


LYNNE MACK 

Lynne Mack was born in Alloa and brought up in Sauchie. She attended Alloa Academy then after a spell at Callander Park College of Education, worked in the Royal Bank of Scotland, in Alva. During her time in Sauchie she was a Brownie and Guide, gaining the Queen’s Guide Award, then a Ranger, and Leader.

Lynne moved to Menstrie on her marriage to Tom, and the couple has two adult daughters. Having seen the girls off to university, Lynne worked for a number of years at Clackmannan Nursery School before being called to ministry in the Church of Scotland, first as a Reader then as an Ordained Local Minister. She studied at Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, was ordained in 2013, and now serves in the parishes of Gargunnock, linked with Kincardine-in-Menteith (Blairdrummond), linked with Kilmadock (Doune). She served as Moderator of Stirling Presbytery in 2016/17.

Lynne was Cub Leader in Menstrie for over 20 years, and also held Commissioner appointments in Cubs and Leader Training, and was awarded the Silver Acorn in 1999. She served a term as Area Commissioner, then as District Chaplain before “retiring” from Scouting, although she remains a supporter of local scouting. She also acted as Chaplain for Stirling Battalion Boy’s Brigade.

She was appointed a DL in 2009.


ALAN LAWSON

Alan held senior management positions in manufacturing companies for 30 years.  A qualified chartered accountant and economics graduate, Alan spends much of his “retirement” as a volunteer with the Bill McLaren Foundation. Alan is passionate about the value of strong leadership in both sport and business. He has lived in Dollar for 30 years and is married with 3 grown-up children. Likes current affairs, watching sport and walking in the Ochils.

 


 


 


CLERK TO THE LIEUTENANCY – CRAIG DUNBAR

Craig Dunbar is the Clerk to the Lieutenancy. He was appointed in January 2017, following upon the retirement of his long-serving predecessor, Bill Jarvis. Like Bill, Craig is a solicitor and has been in the legal profession since 1982. He was born and raised in Stirling and still lives there to this day. He took a law degree at the University of Glasgow and worked in that city until 2002. He moved to his previous position in Tillicoultry in 2003 and his current one in February 2019. 

Outside of work, Craig was formerly a football referee in his spare time (although happily retired from that!) and has been the Secretary of the Famous Alva Games since 1995, a position which also led to him being appointed as President of the Scottish Games Association for 3 years in 2001. He officiated at a number of games for many years but is now a commentator on the Games circuit during the summer months attending twenty-five meetings from Tobermory in Mull all the way down to Ambleside Sports in the Lake District.

All inquiries about the Lieutenancy should be addressed to him in the first instance through the email link here or by phone, fax or mail.