Who's Who

The Borders Broadband project is primarily made up of volunteers who feel passionately that Superfast Broadband is essential for everyone in the Borders in the 21st Century.

We are divided into 3 teams.

  • A Steering Group (all volunteers) from all across the Borders who meet bi-monthly to "steer" the project in the right direction. The Steering Group is open to anyone in our Project Scope area to join. Contact Us if you'd like to join the steering group.
  • A Project Board (all volunteers) who follow the direction set by the Steering Group and are able to make the decisions on behalf of Borders Broadband to ensure the goals set by the Steering Group are met.
  • A Project Team (comprising volunteers and shortly a paid Project Manager) who do the core work that carries the Project from idea to reality.

 

Here's a short piece on each of the members of the Project Board :-

Acting Chairperson - Callum Hay

Callum Hay

Callum was first hooked by computers in his school days, but qualified as a Civil Engineer and spent his early career in local government, working on large highways projects and the use of computers for road design. After a spell as an IT manager in Higher Education, he returned to highways, taking up a position with Borders Regional Council (now SBC) eventually becoming Director of Technical Services. He left the Council in 2009 to set up his own IT/Project Management consultancy. Callum lives in Midlem and is married to Clare who is also involved with the project.

Community Rep (East Borders) - Clare Hay

Clare Hay

Clare worked in IT for many years, in software development and technical support, in both the public and private sectors. She was technical support manager for the IT unit at Scottish Borders Council, when she supported development of SBC’s first local and wide area networks. Clare also worked on early inter-agency efforts in the Borders to develop a coordinated approach to IT infrastructure development. She then worked as a national e-Government advisor in London. Since leaving full time work, she has enjoyed working for and with local communities on a voluntary basis.

Community Rep (South Borders) - David Pollard

David Pollard

David was an early adopter of the internet and remembers fondly connecting his acoustic modem to his computer and achieving a download speed of 1200bps. (25,000 times slower than Superfast Broadband). Most of his career has been in the IT sector as an IT Consultant and Trainer of Network Engineers. Having experienced Superfast Broadband whilst living in England, he is keen to see it come to the whole of the Borders. As well as representing the Borthwick Water Valley and the rest of the Southern Borders on the Project Board, he is also a Project Team member and developed our website.

 

South of Scotland Coordinator - Pip Tabor

Pip Tabor

Pip Tabor is project manager of the Southern Uplands Partnership. SUP is a rural development charity, which works to keep people living and working sustainably in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. SUP sees broadband as absolutely essential for the survival of rural communities and has been actively supporting rural broadband initiatives for some time. He has an MSc in Natural Resource Management from Edinburgh University and prior to working for the SUP, was a Science teacher; worked for Voluntary Service Overseas in Bhutan and for Scottish Natural Heritage in the Borders.

Business Representative - Gordon Harrison

Gordon Harrison

Having worked as a Customs Officer, International Trade Consultant and running his family hospitality business, Gordon is heavily involved in the Ettrick and Yarrow communities as Chair of the Community Council and Director of the Development Company. He knows that 21st century comms are essential to ensure sustainable rural communities and has previously managed a LEADER rural broadband improvement project in Ettrick. He is now an active member of the Borders LEADER LAG and is fully committed to supporting rural life, rural communities and the rural economy.

Business Representative - Ogilvie Jackson

Ogilvie Jackson

Ogilvie has been farming in the Upper Ettrick Valley for 50 years .During the last 10 years he has been passionate about bringing the valleys  into the digital 21st. Century.
To keep small communities alive and thriving he knows that the only way this can be achieved is to have the best possible digital infrastructure in place .   In the past he has chaired the Selkirk branch of NFUS and been a director of the Southern Upland Partnership. Along with his farming enterprise , he is also involved with his wife’s holiday cottage business and his sons landscaping business in Edinburgh

 

Community Rep (West Borders) - Vicky Davidson

Vicky Davidson

Vicky is a member of Scottish Borders Council, and is one of the 3 elected members representing the Selkirkshire Ward. She has long been a champion for the cause of rural communities, and was the driving force behind SBC’s “Rural Proofing” policy. She is also Company Co-ordinator for the The Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company.