Assessors

In 2016, volunteer assessors were estimated to contribute 700 hours of time to the It's Your Neighbourhood campaign, so it is clear that without the contribution of our expert assessors and the invaluable guidance they give to the entrants, It's Your Neighbourhood would not be the campaign it is today. [If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood, please email beautifulscotland@keepscotlandbeautiful.org].

 

Find out about the It's Your Neighbourhood assessors below.

  • Abi Mordin
    New assessor in 2016 - involved in community growing projects in Glasgow.
  • Adrian Miles
    Adrian joined the Beautiful Scotland judging and It's Your Neighbourhood assessing teams in 2016. He is a Professional Gardener and Lecturer in Horticulture.
  • Alan Gray
    Alan has been involved in Horticulture for 35 years, employed by Aberdeen City Council, and therefore over the years has been involved in many campaigns. In 2010 he was persuaded to become a trainee judge for Beautiful Sotland and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the ideas and ingenuity of the entrants in their endeavours in creating better environments for all. Work commitments dictated unfortunately that he was unavailable for the next two years until returning as an assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood in 2013, and doing both campaigns in 2014. Alan has a history of volunteering starting with setting up a local flower show whilst still an apprentice, being on the committee for 10 years, joining the Institute of Groundsmanship and becoming Treasurer of the Scotland and Ireland region, and managing the annual “Scotsurf” exhibition. For the last 14 years Alan has enjoyed his hobby of being a volunteer Groundsman for his beloved Aberdeen Football Club. The one common denominator is the lasting friendships that have been struck up, and the opportunity to visit and enjoy a wide variety of experiences through volunteering. The highlight of his career was last year in Bristol where he accepted, on behalf of Aberdeen’s 'in bloom' group, a Gold medal in the City category of the RHS Britain and Bloom finals - a proud moment that he is sure that anyone who has ever entered the competition can relate to.
  • Angela Smith
    Angela trained as a horticulturist and florist 30…something years ago! with Renfrew District Council. She was based in the central nursery in Hawkhead, Paisley, and was part of the propagation team growing on in excess of 350,000 annual bedding plants, perennials and edible crops.  Angela successfully ran her own business 'Angela’s Flowers' in Bridge of Weir, engaging closely with her local community, sharing her knowledge, skills and passion in horticulture, and brought three beautiful children up in her back shop!! Angela has also worked within Education, using horticulture as a vehicle to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to support life and core skills and, at the same time, building their confidence and self esteem. She has also worked in horticultural therapy centres, delivering holistic therapeutic horticulture, and is presently employed by the Royal Horticultural Society working within Education, Communities and Funding. Angela thoroughly enjoys supporting and assisting schools, community growing groups and individuals to enjoy growing inside and out across Scotland, and she is a happy gardening granny.
  • Christine Franks
    Christine is a mum of two under 5's and is currently running around pandering after their needs!! She has a great enjoyment of the outdoors, wildlife and gardening, and is excited to be part of the It's Your Neighbourhood scheme. Christine studied environmental geography at Aberdeen and has a varied career history prior to having a family: starting with the Scotsman library, Business Gateway Edinburgh, then Business Gateway Fife, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust (biodiversity at community buildings), North West Development Agency, Cumbria Wildlife Trust and The National Trust. She has also volunteered in a variety of conservation projects and knows the value of volunteering and the benefits it brings.
  • Colin Ainsworth
    Colin has had a varied and considerable experience throughout the public sector over the past 40 plus years. He started with Blackpool Parks as an apprentice in 1972, then gained a place at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, successfully completing the Diploma course (DHE). He then moved down to Warwickshire College as a Horticultural Technician/Instructor, then moved to Dundee City Council in 1983 as a Parks Training Officer. Colin held other roles within Dundee City Council - Assistant Horticultural Officer, Horticultural Officer and latterly Health & Safety Officer for the then Leisure & Communities Department. Since its, inception Colin was heavily involved in the organisation and logistics for the Dundee Flower & Food Festival. Colin took early retirement in September 2011, is a long standing member of the Hardy Plant Society and has been the Vice Convener for the Scotland & Northern Borders Group of the HPS. Colin judges for Beautiful Scotland as well as assessing for It's Your Neighbourhood.
  • Graham McKay
    Graham is a first time assessor for It’s Your Neighbourhood this year. Graham has worked for Aberdeen City Council for 35 years, initially within the Cleansing Department before moving on to the present day where he works as an Operations Manager within Environmental Services. Graham has direct operational responsibility for Parks, Ground Maintenance, Street Cleaning, Graffiti removal and public conveniences. He has been heavily involved with the City’s 'In Bloom' group for the last five years, and has been a Judges Guide on ‘Judgement Day’, for the past three years, culminating in the City achieving a Gold Award in Britain in Bloom in 2014. He became involved with 'In bloom' initiatives after being invited to an awards ceremony and being so struck by the enthusiasm of everybody involved, especially the many community volunteers.
  • Gregor McGillivray
    Gregor is a lecturer in Horticulture at Dundee and Angus college. He has been a Beautiful Scotland judge and assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood for a number of years.
  • Helen Stockham
    New assessor in 2016 - has experience of dealing with and supporting a wide range of community groups.
  • Ian Mackenzie
    New assessor in 2016. Ian is the Programme Manager for the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Living Landscapes project in Cumbernauld.
  • Ian Maclennan
    Ian has been assessing, along with his wife Sandra, for many years now, and gives a lot of his time to the campaign.
  • Ian Mitchell
    Ian joined the assessing team in 2015. Ian previously worked for Aberdeen City Council and now works for Aberdeenshire Council as a Landscape Services Officer.
  • Jenny Sibbald
    Jenny Sibbald is part of the St Andrews in Bloom group. She became a judge for Beautiful Scotland, and an assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood in 2015.
  • Jim Henderson
    Jim is a member of the Cove in Bloom group up in Aberdeen and has been assessing for a number of years.
  • John MacLennan
    John joined Keep Scotland Beautiful's team of judges and assessors in 2014. The majority of his working career was within the flower seed trade, serving in a sales and technical capacity with Colegrave Seeds and Moles Seeds. Through this work he came in contact with growers and local authorities throughout Scotland, Ireland and Northern England, often assisting in plant choice for entries in Beautiful Scotland, Ulster in Bloom and Yorkshire in Bloom. Trained at East of Scotland College of Agriculture, West of Scotland Agricultural College, and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John possesses a wide experience including many aspects of horticulture such as education and training, horticultural therapy, and ornamental crop production. Since 1960 John has also been involved with amateur gardening groups and, via Scottish Gardeners Forum, gives talks to local groups. From 1994 to 1997 he was Secretary of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society as well as for over forty years being the mainstay of Blackhall Horticultural Society.
  • Linda Evans
    Linda works for Sustrans Scotland which is a charity encouraging active travel. Currently she is studying for RHS level 2 horticulture exams at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. 2016 was her first time assessing for the It's Your Neighbourhood campaign.
  • Robin Miller
    With over 35 years experience of working in the Public sector, Robin has been a volunteer for Keep Scotland Beautiful for over 10 years. Robin has been assessing Its Your Neighbourhood for the last four years. He never ceases to be amazed by the drive and enthusiasm of volunteer groups to make a real difference to their communities and is greatly encouraged by those groups who seek to involve the local schools and communities in their projects.
  • Sandra Anton
    Sandra works for West Dunbartonshire Council and has assessed for It's Your Neighbourhood for a number of years. She is involved in the Dalmuir Park Restoration project.
  • Sandra Maclennan
    Sandra has been judging for Beautiful Scotland for many years, and also assesses for It’s Your Neighbourhood. She is heavily involved in Forres in Bloom and is a retired head teacher.
  • Sarah Turnill
    Sarah joined the list of assessors in 2014 and enjoyed her assessment visits so much she took on the challenge again. It can be a challenge juggling work and life, but meeting people and being shown round gardens, allotments, parks, and village streets is an inspiration. Sarah was a part of a group that achieved Outstanding for their woodland garden for Its Your Neighbourhood, so knows what the groups are going through. Sarah is a committee member for Dunbar in Bloom, which gained a Silver medal award at its first attempt in Beautiful Scotland in 2014. Sarah works as a senior nurse within East Lothian, is involved with the family farm in the Scottish Borders, enjoys visiting other people's gardens in the National garden scheme, tends her own herbaceous border and shows Jacob sheep at local agricultural shows in her spare time!
  • Steven Shaw
    Steven is the Environmental Manager at Aberdeen City Council. He is passionate about supporting community groups across Aberdeen in the Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood as he sees the campaigns as being very important to what the council does - and he loves being part of it! Aberdeen's 'in bloom' partner numbers are growing all the time and Steven sees this as key to the on-going success of the Environment Department's services. Steven joined the assessing team in 2015 - after encouraging most of his team to become judges or assessors, he thought it was high time he did the same!
  • Sue Steel
    Sue joined the assessing team in 2015. She is the contact for the Biodiversity Network.
  • Terry Stott
    Terry is a judge for Beautiful Scotland and an assessor for It's Your Neighbourhood. Terry worked with Aberdeen City Council in various positions within the Links and Parks, Leisure and Recreation, Contracting Services and finally as an Area Officer in Environmental Services involved in all aspects of Horticultural for 42 years. In this time Aberdeen was an entrant in Beautiful Scotland and Britain in Bloom winning various awards. Terry retired in 2010, and is now involved with Slopefield Allotments entry to Its Your Neighbourhood, and encouraging and assisting other groups in Aberdeen to become involved in Its Your Neighbourhood. He thinks it is good to get people involved in their neighbourhoods as it makes a huge difference to the area they live in. Terry has been a Beautiful Scotland Judge for six years and an Its Your Neighbourhood Assessor for five, meeting great people and seeing beautiful displays (sometimes the weather does not do its best for the community or judge on the day!). Terry grows annuals and herbaceous plants to exhibit at various Flower Shows; if he is not showing he judges 'Cut Flowers' at several Flower Shows in the area. Terry has been involved with the Royal Horticultural Society of Aberdeen for the past 26 years and Chairman from 2010 to 2013 - the society run a Spring and Summer show annually.
  • Wendy Murray
    Wendy has a background in Public Service and has been a volunteer in her own community of East Haven for over 20 years. Wendy led on the East Haven 800 celebrations and has been heavily involved with Keep Scotland Beautiful's Beautiful Scotland campaign since 2014.