Nestrans strengthen Board with appointment of new members

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans have appointed three non-councillor Board members following approval from Scottish Ministers.

The appointed Board members are Gerry Donald Head of Property and Asset Development at NHS Grampian, Duncan Cameron Director and General Manager of First Aberdeen and Sandra Macdonald former councillor for Aberdeen City Council.

Nestrans Chair Councillor Peter Argyle, “The wealth of knowledge and experience of these new Board members will be a great asset to Nestrans. I am sure they will all contribute immensely to the Board and I look forward to working closely with them in the future.”

Mr Donald is also the Chair of the Nestrans/NHS Grampian Health and Transport Action Plan Steering Group and has shown a great interest in health and transport issues in the area over the past four years. His appointment supports the suggestion that Regional Transport Partnerships should have Board members that link to the NHS, which was also suggested in the recent Short Life Working Group report on Healthcare Transport.

As Director and General Manager of First Aberdeen, Mr Cameron will ensure that there is a voice on the Board with a full understanding of public transport issues. Mr Cameron had also impressed the Board with his willingness to work with Nestrans, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils to improve public transport in the area.

Ms Macdonld is employed by ConocoPhillips as a Production Data Analyst with almost 30 years of experience working in the industry. A key aim for joining the Nestrans Board is to promote sustainable transport for employers, operators and councils. Ms Macdonald has considerable experience in council affairs and strategic matters, with a particular interest in both transport and housing. In addition to representing the council on Nestrans previous voluntary partnership, the Board were also interested in Ms Macdonald’s experience in setting up Aberdeen Womens Groups and equalities issues.

The new Board members will be appointed until April 2019 which represents the midway point between the next Local Authority elections. Mr Donald and Mr Cameron would be appointed immediately and Ms Macdonald appointment will begin in April 2014.