MARJORIE HUME (CHAIR)
Born & brought up in the environs of London, Marjorie has had a diverse career in public service, with experience of both the planning and delivery of customer focused services. Working in Local Government for over 36 years in an inner London Borough and a Surrey District Council gave her an awareness of the needs of the various communities in these areas. Although by profession a qualified librarian, Marjorie is also a member of the Chartered Management Institute and the latter part of her career has been in the field of policy development and strategic management. She set up and supported the Surrey Heath Local Strategic Partnership bringing together the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to work together for the community and was instrumental in the development of the Borough's Community Plan. From 2004 -2007 Marjorie was a Member of the Management Board of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) - a Scottish charity. Prior to this she was Chairman of the Berkshire/Hampshire/Surrey Border Branch of the Society and in 2003 organised and shared the chairing of the RSCDS first Branch Forum in Perth – bringing together delegates from across the world. After a period on the General Purposes and Finance Committee of the Society, Marjorie reviewed and revised the policy, procedures and management for a fund that provides grants for the promotion of Scottish Country Dancing around the world. She then chaired the Panel responsible for the distribution of the funding for three years. She is a volunteer at Paxton House, working on the archives, and Chairman of the Gunsgreen House Trust in Eyemouth. Marjorie has a wide range of interests including history (social and family), Scottish country dancing, and gardening.
Rhona has lived and worked in the Borders all her life. Qualified in institutional management, she then married and when family commitments lessened, she started volunteering with Citizens Advice in Eyemouth. Her interest and dedication to issues affecting the community led her to train further and eventually become a paid member of staff. She now manages the Berwickshire Citizens' Advice Service – part of Roxburgh CAB, with offices in Duns and Eyemouth. She has extensive experience in recruiting, training and managing volunteers, as well as supporting paid money advisers, overseeing Berwickshire HMRC 'get credit for working' project, and managing the Berwickshire Citizens Advice Youth Project. Rhona has firsthand experience of joint working between statutory and voluntary agencies, and is familiar with the process of working with the local authority to maximise the impact of volunteering.
Norman, a chartered accountant, retired in 2009 from his position as senior partner of the JRW Group, one of the principal practices in the Borders. During his time in business he also held voluntary positions on the Boards of Eildon Housing Association and Borders College whilst for three years he was Treasurer of Melrose RFC. He is presently a Board member of Face2Face, a charity providing drug and alcohol services to young people, and he recently joined Tweed Forum which is dedicated to integrated management of the River Tweed and its tributaries.
Andrew Wilson lives in Kelso. Before returning to Scotland, Andrew was the Trustee of a Kent based Community Support Centre,home to around 30 charitable and voluntary organisations. In addition to his trustee role he had a particular remit to support the development of a café where people with learning disabilities could gain work experience. At the same time Andrew trained and worked as a volunteer mediator with families and neighbours. Andrew was educated in Glasgow and has a qualification in Community Education. He has been a field officer with the Scottish Association of Youth Clubs and Senior Community Education Officer with Tayside Regional Council. Andrew has also worked in the hospitality and visitor attraction industry. Latterly he was Operations Director at Leeds Castle in Kent, run by a charitable trust. Throughout his professional career Andrew has continued to do voluntary work with various organisations where he has found the bringing together of his business and volunteering background an asset. In addition to his commitment to Volunteer Centre Borders Andrew is a Trustee Committee member of the 4 Border Abbeys U3A.