Meet the Board


Phil Evans, Chair
Having spent over 40 years in the energy industry, Phil retired as a director of EDF Energy in 2018 and was then able to pursue a strongly held personal ambition to put something back into the community that welcomed him and his family over 20 years ago.  As well as being the inaugural chair of Dalgety Community Trust, Phil is a member of the Scottish Children’s Panel.  Phil is a strong advocate for volunteering and community action and through the Trust is determined to make a positive and lasting contribution to the community of Dalgety Bay


Brian Johnston, Vice Chair
I decided to take early retirement in 2018 after 40 years in retail management working for many recognisable brands across the UK. I returned to Scotland with my family to live in the Bay nearly 19 years ago.

Like many people, I want to spend time with my family and where I can support our town. I joined the Community Council during 2018 and with others helped to form the Dalgety Community Trust. As a team we want to improve the town facilities and infrastructure for everyone in Dalgety Bay, Hillend and Fordell Gardens.


Lesley Sinclair, Secretary
Having worked for 25 years in the public sector, I now have my own business which supports small health and social care organisations to build learning & development and improvement solutions into their business models so that they can continue to deliver great care into the future.   I strongly believe that together we can create great things and build a strong community.

I love being part of the Trust as it helps me to give back to the community I lived in for nearly 23 years and enables me to help create something that will hopefully make a difference to all.


David MacLeod
Originally from Glasgow, but educated in England (hence the accent). Following an operational management career in logistics and supply chain management I have spent the last 20+ years advising organizations and coaching individuals on achieving business excellence through effective training, education and learning.

Dalgety Bay has been our home for the past 10 years and we could not have chosen a better place for our retirement. It is a great place to live in and can only get better with the commitment and determination being shown by organisations like the Community Trust. I am proud to be part of that enterprise.


Louise Gunstensen
I am a Charted Town Planner with over 15 years’ experience in the public, private and third sectors both in Scotland and abroad. I currently work for the country’s largest nature conservation charity, specialising in environmental assessment.

I have been helping the Community Council over the last few years with planning issues and am looking forward to using my experience to help turn the Community Trust’s ideas into reality. I feel strongly that everyone should have a chance to play a part in making Dalgety Bay a great place to live and work.


Philip Lund
I have retired following 50 years working in Multisite Retail Management and the Retail Charity Sector and want to spend the free time that I now have making a contribution to the Town that is and I have called home for the last 32 years.

I am a member of the Community Council and I have been a member for the last 2 years. In addition, I am a Director of the Dalgety Community Trust and in this role I want to help improve the facilities that bring the community together and make it an even better place to live.


Shirley Iveson
My background is in administration having worked in the private, public and third sectors.  I currently work as an administrator for a local charity, which has given me valuable insight into how voluntary organisations operate.  I was also a community council member for three years during which time, I had the pleasure of meeting some lovely local folk who were kind, generous and happy to give their time freely to help others.  This generosity of spirit is the main reason why I joined the Trust, as I believe that through its members our community will grow not only in strength but in heart too.

I have been a Director with the Trust for just over a year now as Treasurer and I would  very much like to be given the opportunity to continue in this role and see the Trust’s ambition for redeveloping the Town Centre land come to fruition.


Mike Gourley: Director
Mike has been a resident of Dalgety Bay for around 40 years and really wishes he had taken more interest in the town and its’ history much earlier in life. He sees being a Director of the Trust as a chance to do this.  His background is in IT, firstly with Scottish Gas and latterly with Fife Council with a bit of consultancy work in between.  He retired in 2013 and has spent a good deal of his time working in the community. He has been the Chair of Dalgety Bay Horticultural Society (DBHS) for around 30 years and can often be seen at Donibristle Primary School planting bulbs with the kids or working in the garden there. He joined Rotary Forth Bridges last year with the aim of doing more good work in the community and has recently elected to the committee of Dalgety Bay Community Woodland Group (DBCWG)