RSPBA - North of Scotland Branch

Officials

The Officials are appointed at the Branch AGM, and are bound to uphold the Branch Constitution & Rules.

| President | Chairman | Vice Chairman | Treasurer | Secretary | National Council | Music Board | Hon Members |

 

President - Allie Skinner

Allie became involved in pipe bands as a drummer with the 1st Peterhead Coy. Boys Brigade.

On the completion of his B. B. activities in the early 50's he joined the Peterhead British Legion Pipe Band
under the leadership of P/M 'Curly' Allan and D/M Bill Gordon.  After a few years break serving in the R.A.F.
he rejoined the B. L. Pipe Band as bass drummer in i958.  In 1965 he was appointed Drum Major on the retiral
of D/M Gordon and continued in that role until May 1970 when he was involved in the formation of the Buchan Pipe
Band in Peterhead.  He was appointed  Drum Major also Secretary/Treasurer of the new band.  He relinquished the role
of Drum Major in 1990 but continued as Secretary/Treasurer until November 2006 when Malc Sweet took over
the role of Secretary with Allie remaining as Treasurer until July 2009.

Allie has been involved with the Mintlaw contest since its inception in 1991 serving as Secretary/Treasurer
for the first few years before handing over the Secretary's post to Roger Taylor.    He has been Convenor of
the energetic and voluntary organising Committee since 2002.

Allie has also played an active part in the North of Scotland Branch Committee for many years acting as Auditor
for 15 years, National Council representative for 12 years until 2005 and as Branch Treasurer from January 2004
until December 2006.   He was appointed Branch President in November 2009 on the retiral of D/M Bill Skinner

 

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Chairman - Graham Gauld

Graham's formative years were spent with The Huntly & Distrct Pipe Band before employment took him to Aberdeen in 1973 and the start of a long association with Bucksburn & District Pipe Band, before spending the latter years of his competitive playing with Buchan Pipe Band, whom he now represents on the local committee.

 

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Vice Chairman - Bill Barclay

Bill has been a prominent figure amongst North-East Pipe Bands for many years as a leading Drum Major, both in the competition scene and on the Highland Games circuit. Although retired from competing and judging, he is still active at the Games and always a favourite at gettin the Mace O'er the Bar.

 

 

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Treasurer - Fiona Fotheringham

Fiona began her piping career with the Stonehaven Pipe Band in 1988. After a year out with Deeside Ladies Pipe Band in the N/J Grade she joined the newly-formed Stonehaven Grade 4 band, created to develop young pipers and drummers who were being taught there at the time.
After many successful years in various grades with Stonehaven, Fiona took a 5 year sabbatical from band playing while training as an accountant.
In September 2004 she joined the Buchan Band in Grade 2 and has enjoyed the seasons with several prizes at major contests and many more at locals.
In addition to piping, Fiona sings with the folk group “Plaid” at various events in the North East of Scotland.

 

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Secretary - Linda Niven

Linda has been involved with Bucksburn Pipe Band since 1992 when her children Scott and Nicole started learning Pipes and Drums. After having been involved with running the band for many years, she was persuaded to take on the Secretary's role in 2006.

 

Asst / Minute Secretary - Heather MacKay

I began my piping career at the age of 8. My tutors were the late Sandy Robertson, Jim Campbell, Stuart Reid and George Cowie, all with the 47th Culter coy Boys Brigade. At that time no girls were allowed to play in Boys Brigade Bands so I joined Deeside Ladies, led then by Pipe Major Lillian Nicolson. In 1986, the band now led by Pipe Major Fiona Cruickshank, won all  5 Major Championships and Champions of Champions in Grade 3. I then played with Culter & District for 6 years before joining Buchan Pipe Band in 1994. Led by Pipe Major Robert Skinner, I was part of the band which won all 5 Majors Championships and Grade 2 Champions of Champions in 1996 in Grade 2. As a youngster I also competed in local solo piping contests, receiving tuition from the late Donald Morrison and Willie Easton, formerly of Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band.

Heather was voted into the National Board Piping role in December 2007, and Assistant Secretary in 2010.

 

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National Council - Robert Niven

Bob was accepted into the National Council in December 2005. His interest in Pipe Bands stems from when both his daughter (piper) and son (snare drummer) played for Bucksburn & District. Bob also helped steward at local contests for a number of years prior to taking on the National Council role in 2005.

 

National Council - John Gibb

John has been involved with Pipe Bands for many years after all 4 of his children played pipes and drums. John took on the National Council post in November 2012.

 

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Music Board - Heather MacKay

I began my piping career at the age of 8. My tutors were the late Sandy Robertson, Jim Campbell, Stuart Reid and George Cowie, all with the 47th Culter coy Boys Brigade. At that time no girls were allowed to play in Boys Brigade Bands so I joined Deeside Ladies, led then by Pipe Major Lillian Nicolson. In 1986, the band now led by Pipe Major Fiona Cruickshank, won all  5 Major Championships and Champions of Champions in Grade 3. I then played with Culter & District for 6 years before joining Buchan Pipe Band in 1994. Led by Pipe Major Robert Skinner, I was part of the band which won all 5 Majors Championships and Grade 2 Champions of Champions in 1996 in Grade 2. As a youngster I also competed in local solo piping contests, receiving tuition from the late Donald Morrison and Willie Easton, formerly of Boghall and Bathgate Pipe Band.

Heather was voted into the National Board Piping role in December 2007.
 

Music Board - Ranald Cameron

I began my playing career at Aberdeen Grammar School, then up through Aberdeen OTC band under PM Jack Taylor and DS Ken Boddie.

I then moved to London and played with Blue Bonnets, then Knightsbridge Pipe Band under PM John Rogers when I gained my Intermediate Instructor's Certificate. Upon that band's demise I moved to the Pride of Murray Pipe Band with PM Jimmy McGinn and John Moneagle as leading drummer. Living at the other side of London, travelling and work commitments proved awkward so I joined a local pipe band under PM Chris Apps.

On returning to Aberdeen in 1990 I took a 10 year sabbatical due to work and family commitments, but after playing in a pub band I  was persuaded to take up the cudgels again and join Stonehaven Pipe Band, where I returned after a short interlude at Rubislaw Pipe Band.

 

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Honorary Members

Mr & Mrs R. Forrest

Mr D. Duncan

Mrs R. Cruickshank

Mrs F.E. Allan

 

Mr A. Lynn

Mr J. Cruickshank

Mr I.R. Taylor

Mr A. Skinner

 

Last Updated: 24/11/14