Many of you will know me, and many more of you will know my wife - Arusha ‘Roo’ Irvine. We moved to the area in early 2013 and Roo opened her antique business in Kilcreggan Village not long after that. Roo was then discovered by the BBC and has enjoyed success presenting and appearing in numerous BBC TV shows in the past 5-years with many more planned for the years ahead.
I am semi-retired and hold two non-executive directorships of a UK company and a Maltese company. These are non-exec roles requiring only a few days per year which leave me free to fulfil the role of Councillor and serve our communities.
I spent the largest part of my working career as a senior executive for numerous multi-million pound businesses around the world, primarily operating at board level. This corporate experience will be invaluable when dealing with my future colleagues within the council as well as agencies, Government bodies, MP’s and MSP’s.
I propose to hold regular clinics and drop in sessions in and around the Ward and dates and times for these will be published regularly. It will be a great chance for you to air your thoughts on local problems and will help me tackle the issues that matter most to you.
I have been a very vocal and active member of my local Community Council, in Cove & Kilcreggan, for the past 4+ years and this has allowed me to see the local issues first hand. I have also engaged with the other Community Councils in the Lomond North Ward to get an even better understanding of the issues affecting each community.
In my opinion this is a vital qualification for stepping up to becoming a full-time councillor. Understanding local issues, forging contacts and developing vital relationships are all key requirements for your elected councillor.
I am totally committed to this a full-time role and giving each and every resident in the ward the opportunity to speak to me directly via phone, social media, email and ward clinics.
I will be holding regular community clinics throughout the ward and the times and dates for these will be regularly updated on social media and my website. In addition I will be attending as many of the local Community Council meetings throughout Lomond North to assist wherever possible in resolving local issues.
I grew up through the technology explosion of the 80’s & 90’s and have been tech savvy all my life. I will be actively using Social Media and technology to communicate with as many of you as possible when I am elected.
For those of you who are less technical I hope the phone and face to face chats will allow you all to get to air your views and allow me to help you all.
I am a staunch supporter of the Armed Forces and given the region’s ties to the Royal Navy and other branches of the forces I am proud to be able to serve those members and their families who reside in Lomond North.
My late father, Jim, served his country for over 30-years, with distinction, and as a result of his military service he was able to send me to Queen Victoria Military School, Dunblane. It has shaped my entire life and had the most positive effect on my attitude to supporting those around me.
My appreciation of the commitment and dedication of our service men & women runs deep. My gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice that so many have made, to preserve our way of life, runs even deeper.