Local Action Group


Helen Rorrison (Chair)

Having worked 24 years in the voluntary sector with 15 years involved with LEADER funding programmes, Helen is now Head of Community Development with Fife Voluntary Action. Part of the role is to manage a Capacity Building Team of 6 that provides support in developing Fifes voluntary sector and communities through the effective involvement in the management of all of FVA activities and projects in accordance with appropriate SLAs, operational policies, procedures and approved budgets as well as any delegated responsibilities. The role also allows Helen the opportunity to promote and evaluate appropriate governance and identify the needs of local communities, including rural areas, and support them to being more enterprising and encourage the formation of appropriate groups/partnerships/networks/forums to meet unfulfilled needs.  Over the last 5 years alone Helen and her FVA team have supported the voluntary sector to lever in some £6 million in additional funding.”


Mike Strachan (Vice Chair)

Mike works for Forestry Commission Scotland as a Policy and Development Officer across Fife, Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Clacks, Stirling and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National park.  Mike has worked for the Forestry Commission for over 30 years and has a wide range of knowledge and interest covering seed to sawdust. Mike is a strong supporter of an integrated approach to land management, community involvement and a vibrant rural economy.  We are fortunate to have had Mike’s skills and knowledge input since 2007.




Helen Lawrenson

Helen joined the Fife LEADER Local Action Group in March 2016.  Helen lives in rural Fife and has a good understanding of the many issues that impact on a rural community for example lack of job opportunities, travel and communications etc).  She has been involved in a rural skills programme for a number of years.

Helen has worked at Falkland Stewardship Trust for over 10 years.  Falkland Stewardship Trust were the recipients of a number of LEADER grants in the previous programme and have witnessed firsthand the great opportunities that LEADER offers.

Helen Chairs the Board for Fife Environment Trust and has a wide knowledge of grant assessment and recommendation


Catherine Erskine

Catherine joined the Fife LEADER Local Action Group in March 2016.  She has developed and run rural businesses over the past 40 years.  She is committed to developing skills in rural areas to provide sustainable employment and a thriving rural economy and is a founder member of Fife Rural Skills Partnership. She has a strong background in business, marketing, the charity sector, fund raising and also in the management of grants.

Catherine’s work over many years with Fife Children’s Panel and now The Prince’s Trust, has given her valuable skills in negotiating, facilitation, partnership working, and decision-making.

Catherine also has experience of setting up a charity, she is a trustee for another Charity and has been responsible for setting up a nationwide marketing group for gardens


Wendy Crawford

Wendy joined Fife LEADER Local Action Group in March 2016.  She was previously involved in the Angus LEADER Programme.  Wendy administered a project which received funding and understands the commitment required in the production of documentation to meet audit standards.  She was also part of the Leadership Programme from Scottish Enterprise 2010/211.  Wendy is a volunteer mentor for Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland and this has given her the experience in dealing with different groups of people and funding.

Living within a rural community, Wendy is aware of local issues and the impact they have on rural communities.  She is aware of the divergence of the rural communities in Fife from fishing to ex mining to farming and their coexistence. She has skills in the support of new business through her time on Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland and serves on the panel who make decisions on the funding of new businesses.

Wendy has her own business designing ladies clothing so has experience in running businesses and also within the farming sector.

Lynne Cooper

Engagement Partner for Scotland’s main economic development organisation, Lynne works with stakeholders and partners in Fife to ensure SE’s relationships are strengthened and enhanced. Lynne brings over ten years economic development experience to the Fife LEADER LAG.

Phil Daughtrey 

Phil is the senior agent at the Cupar Branch for NFU. He comes to LEADER with over 26 years of working with farmers on their insurance queries. He has seen first hand the challenges in the rural Fife and even did a spell of farming himself. Phil’s knowledge of the farming sector in the fife area is valuable to Fife LEADER LAG.

Jim Stewart 

Jim is part of youth 1st, working with young adults and a variety of youth groups.

Ashley Birrell 

Ashley is the Projects Officer for Fife Environment Trust (FET). FET continues to work closely with LEADER as both funds often make contributions to the same projects. Ashley has worked for FET for over nine years helping support improvements to public amenities, heritage restoration and environmental projects. Over the years Ashley has seen the positive impact both FET and LEADER have made to the rural communities of Fife.

Sharon Douglas 

Sharon is the Accountable body for the communities and Neighbourhood within fife Council. Having worked on the last LEADER programme, Sharon has extensive knowledge of LEADER funding.

David Johnson 

David is the woodland officer for South and West fife dealing with grants and regulations for forests in the area. David has recently joined forestry commission Scotland after having working as a forester and land agent in the private sector. He has a wide range of experience in the agricultural / forestry and rural economy sectors, having this experience allows David to give valuable advice to the Local Action Group and different projects.

Fife LEADER’s Local Action Group Advisors

Pamela Stevenson (LAG Advisor)

Pamela has been involved in local economic development for over 20 years through a number of roles.  Currently leads on the operations of “enterprise and business development” within Economic Development Team of Fife Council. Operational areas covered are responsibility for Contract and Performance Management of Business Gateway Fife (including national perspective), Market Development and International Trade, Supplier and Procurement Development as well as Business Investment and Grant Initiatives.




Graeme Ferguson (LAG Advisor)

Graeme is the Social Enterprise Development Officer for Fife Council. He has worked in Economic development for 9 years and before that spent many years working as an Advisor in Jobcentreplus. This has given him experience of working with people at all levels in our community. A passionate advocate for believing in people and communities to work together to build themselves a stronger future. Works to develop and strengthen the business support available to managers of Social Enterprises and community entrepreneurs. He is the Secretary of the Auld Kirk Players, Kirkcaldy’s oldest Am Dram group for which he has written award winning plays and is currently adapting a Stephen King short story for production in March 2018. He is also the Explorer Scout Leader for the 80th Linktown Scouts where he fails to teach young adults how not to get lost in the hills. Avid reader and collector of books (Fav Terry Pratchett). Owned by two cats. Favourite poet is Emily Dickinson. Cycles to work occasionally just as an excuse to eat more cake.

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