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Chair - Mairi Spowage


Mairi Spowage has been a resident of Menstrie for most of her life. Mairi has been a civil servant for over 13 years, specialising in analysis to inform policy development, particularly on economic and tax issues. Most recently, Mairi was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission. Mairi is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Fraser of Allander Institute, an economic think tank based at Strathclyde University.

Mairi has 3 children who attend the local primary school and lives in Victoria Terrace.


Vice Chair - Craig Wilson

Craig,Nicola & the 3 kids moved to Menstrie just over 5 years ago. The oldest spending the last 5 years at Menstrie Primary School and the youngest just starting this year.

Craig has spent over 20 years working in a number of senior positions within the financial services sector for some major household names like Standard Life, Scottish Widows and Axa. These roles have predominantly been around managing major change and transformation projects. It is his financial and commercial knowledge that he is hoping to bring to support the action group in moving forward


Secretary - Lorna Callan

Lorna Callan, has been a resident of Menstrie for 8 years. She has one daughter who attends Menstrie Primary. Lorna works in sports administration has expertise in governance. She is passionate about the power of the community and that we should come together amongst other things to ensure our village is a place that provides people of all ages with opportunities to socialise and come together in support of each other.

Treasurer - Donald MacAskill

Donald Macaskill has lived in Menstrie for nearly 40 years. After studying at Stirling he graduated in 1977 in Accountancy and Economics. He then worked at UG C&P in Bridge of Allan as Management Accountant, becoming fully qualified, before moving to Clackmannan College in Alloa to teach accounting. From 1987 until retiral in 2015 he was a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University spending most of that time as Post Graduate programme leader.
Donald moved to the village in 1979, living in Eastmains, then in Broompark West before moving more recently to Rowan Crescent. He has two children and five grandchildren, three of whom attend the local school and are regular attenders at the after school club.


Theresa Williamson


Theresa Williamson has lived in Menstrie for the last 20 years. Theresa is a nurse and has had the privilege of caring for people for more than 35 years. Now based at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and working as Associate Nurse Director Theresa`s role focuses on enabling the delivery of compassionate care. Theresa will contribute to some of the business and management requirements that will be required by the group as she has an MBA from Stirling University.

3 grown children benefited from the facilities available in our lovely village and Theresa's parents also live in the village.

Jason Lingiah

Rev. Jason Lingiah is Minister of Menstrie United Free Church, in the west end of the village, and Moncrieff Church in Alloa. Originally from Glasgow, Jason has spent a decade living and working in Edinburgh in politics, where he was alos a Community Councillor and a founder member of a Friends of Parks group. Jason studied for the Ministry in Edinburgh and Cardiff and was Asisstant at Burntisland before coming to Clackmannanshire. Jason is also a Director of the Alloa Business Improvement District.

Louise Cannon

Louise has lived in the village for most of her life. She is passionate about communities being inclusive with no division.
Louise has already been a successful Rainbows Leader, which also included working with many people in a wider range of projects and is now moving onto the new challenges of being part of this committee. She has worked with many communities in her former work in the library service and currently works with children with additional needs on the school run.
Louise has some knowledge in many areas and is willing to fill the spaces in between and focussing on the bigger picture and is willing to assist with most tasks as they arise

Joanne Wishart

Joanne Wishart is a qualified archivist with a background in local authority and community heritage. Joanne has experience of working with community groups  and school groups and of applying for grant funding.

Since the family moved to Menstrie four years ago Joanne has been involved in volunteering as a Bookbug leader and on the Menstrie toddler's committee. She has 3 children aged 9, 3 and 1. Joanne strongly believes in working together as a community and making Menstrie a warm and friendly place to live.
Pauline Morgan

Pauline is a Qualified Architect with experience in design and construction across a variety of building sectors. 

She grew up in Menstrie, then lived and studied and later worked in the Glasgow area. She has also lived and worked in the south of England and Western Australia. With her young family she made the move back to Scotland and decided Menstrie was the community they wanted to be part of. Her 3 children are school, nursery and pre nursery ages. 
Currently she is a WFHM and has turned her passion for crochet and sewing crafts into a small handmade business.
Katy Temple

Katy has lived in Menstrie for 8 years. She has worked in the IT industry since leaving university in 2000, and has been heavily involved in racket sports, both playing and organising events, for several years.

Katy runs a small craft business and was involved in organising a successful Christmas craft fayre in the village in 2017, which showcased local talent.

She is currently on maternity leave with her third child. 
April Smith

Aprill Smith has lived in Menstrie for 13 years and has 2 children who attend Menstrie Primary School. She is the Graduate and Professional Studies Officer for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling. She feels strongly that the Dumyat Centre is an important asset for our community and that it is vital to do what we can to avoid its closure.

Jon Doig

Jon Doig has been a resident of Menstrie with his family for over 14 years and has three children who have attended our local school and participated in the many clubs and activities using the great indoor and outdoor facilities and spaces our village has to offer. He is keen to give support to help maintain and develop these opportunities and spaces so we all can continue to enjoy them in the future.

Jon works for Commonwealth Games Scotland based at the University of Stirling and has been involved delivering a successful Team Scotland in the last 6 Commonwealth Games. One of his proudest moments was helping deliver the successful Glasgow 2014 Games including the visit of the Queens Baton relay to Menstrie.


Calum Ford

Calum Ford has lived in the village for 6 years and has 2 kids at the primary school.  Calum is involved in helping out with Gala week and thinks that Menstrie is a great place to live!



Caroline Crawford


Caroline Crawford has lived in Menstrie for almost 50 years and has always been actively involved in the community.   Caroline been Secretary of the Community Council for over 25 years and Chair of the Centre Committee previous to the Dumyat Centre being built.  Caroline runs a Senior Citizens Lunch Club in the village on a fortnightly basis and is also very involved with organisations outside the village being on the Board of Alzheimer Scotland and the Friends of Forth Valley Hospital to name but a few.   The Community Council look forward to working in partnership with the Dumyat Centre Group to develop the Dumyat Centre for the whole community and hopefully fulfil the community's aspirations for the village as in Menstrie's Local Plan.