Mike was born and brought up in the south-east of England, until going to university in London. After graduating he moved to Newcastle then took up employment in Zambia for three years. Since returning from there his employment as a geotechnical engineer in the construction industry has taken him to live in Linlithgow, Wendover, Lichfield and Ripon. Redundancy led to a move back to Scotland in 2004, settling in Rhynie in 2008.
Now firmly, and finally, settled in Rhynie with wife, Anny, 3 foster children, 1 dog, 1 cat, 8 chickens, 3 horses and 2 donkeys.
While working as a self-employed website designer, Mike has also been involved with the Huntly Business Association, serving as Secretary and Treasurer, and with the annual Huntly Hairst Festival. He has also spent some time as a group leader for long-distance horse trails, leading riders across Wales and Scotland. Now retired, he is free to concentrate more time on his mountain biking, being a foster carer and work around the home.
George was born and brought up in Rhynie into a Joiner/Farming enterprise family that was established before the turn of the last century. He left school at 15 and joined the family firm as an apprentice joiner eventually taking on the business with his brother in 1984 and more recently with his son Brian.
A close family unit, the 'Beverlys' are synonymous with Rhynie with the core of the family still living and working here, whether that is on the land or as craftspeople. George has been involved with Rhynie Gala from its inception, mainly as Vice Chair, but his involvement has meant the facilitation of on the day logistics. Also a member and past Vice Chair of Noth Community Council gives George the insight into the day to day running of the not seen elements of community life.
He is one of the drivers and founding member of Rhynie Charitable Trust. George has an easy going charm and manner and is underpinned by the efficiency of his wife Phyllis and his daughter Alison…
Averil is the lady that keeps RCT running smoothly. Working in the Finance industry since leaving school at 17 her career has taken her from office junior to Investor Services Team Leader. The dry sounding title belies the wealth of talent and experience that Averil has. This includes accounting, colleague management, organisational skills, customer contact and being able to work through problems in a calm and professional manner. More impressively Averil has also brought up her 2 boys and has worked with and supported her husband Brian, who is a chef, in his ventures in the hospitality industry whilst still embarking on her own career.
A resident of Rhynie since 1992 Averil has been an active supporter and volunteer with Rhynie Gala. From flipping burgers to organising the very successful Thursday marquee fashion show and food fayre event at the Gala her talents are wasted on the banks..…