The VABS Team
Karen has an extensive training background spanning over 30 years in languages, business and project management, but still enjoys the ‘people’ side of the job most of all.
Finance and Development Officer
Originally from Edinburgh, Ann started her working life in the hospitality industry which saw her travelling all over the UK before finally settling in Aviemore in 1978.
Originally from Edinburgh, Ann started her working life in the hospitality industry which saw her travelling all over the UK before finally settling in Aviemore in 1978. She moved to Nethy Bridge in 1990, where she became heavily involved as a volunteer, with both the toddlers group and what was the primary school PTA at that time. Ann started working for VABS in 2004, initially as secretary to the Chief Officer. Since then she has continued to develop her personal and professional skills to fit the changing needs of the Third Sector. Ann’s current position is Finance and Development Officer, a role which involves providing support to a wide range of organisations in Badenoch and Strathspey, as well as working alongside the Chief Officer to deliver outcomes for the communities and funders and strengthen VABS’ profile in this ever changing sector.
Community Development Officer
She enjoys working with people at grassroots level and brings a wealth of knowledge and interest in supporting community groups to thrive and flourish.
From these experiences, Mairi has built up a good understanding of how communities operate. She enjoys working with people at grassroots level and brings a wealth of knowledge and interest in supporting community groups to thrive and flourish.
Mairi is currently actively involved in activities for the under 5s community in Carrbridge and has been a director on the VABS board since 2014.
Highland Third Sector Interface
VABS is part of the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) funded by the Scottish Government to support Badenoch and Strathspey communities in the following four areas:
- Organisational support
- Social Economy/Enterprise
- Community Engagement & Planning