Mike Gale

Mike spent many years as a building services engineer and management consultant.  Mike started teaching skiing in 1990 and has been a BASI Trainer, he co-founded G2 Outdoor in 2000 which continues to go from strength to strength, providing outdoor experiences in and around Strathspey. Mike is a passionate community activist, he is the organiser of the Big Splash, a biannual event which raises money for local charities, and he is also the current chairman of the Aviemore Business Association, which represents over 70 local businesses. Mike wants to preserve Aviemore’s Skiing Heritage and get Aviemore back on the map as a snow sports destination and summer attraction

 

 

  

 

Duncan Swarbrick

Duncan moved to Aviemore in 1991, he has a wealth of experience working on the land in the Strathspey, at Cairngorm Mountain, Rothiemurchus Estate, RSPB Abernethy Reserve, working in forestry, and leading teams building Mountain Footpaths in the Cairngorms.  He then studied law, becoming a senior solicitor at a leading Scottish law firm in Edinburgh, then an associate and partner in 3 highland firms before setting up his own practice based in Aviemore.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Dearman

Mike Grew up in Moray, and was brought up around Scottish Skiing, having learned to ski at the Lecht and Cairngorm from the age of 4.  He has a degree in Computing and Electronics, and spent a number of years in Portsmouth before returning to the highlands to found Quarch Technology in 2006, in 2009 he moved the business to Aviemore. Quarch Technology brings high value employment to Aviemore and ships over £2m of high tech test equipment to customers all over the world each year.  Along with Skiing and Snowboarding, mike is a keen mountain biker, mountaineer, hill runner, and paraglider, and is passionate about access to the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

Gary MacLennan

Gary has lived in Aviemore since the early 70s, he has a degree in Hotel Catering and Tourism Management, and has spent 40 years in hospitality management, many of those in the Aviemore area.  Gary bought the Skiing Doo restaurant in 2007 and transformed the business by opening the Doo Below, a very successful sports and apres ski bar.  He has since co-founded another two Aviemore businesses, Macduis Restaurant and the Ski Shack. Having worked around hospitality in Aviemore and the Cairngorms for over 40 years, Gary understands the importance of the mountain from an economic social and employment perspective

 

 

 

 

Scott Simon

Scott Simon is a former RAF Flight Sergeant at RAF Grantown and an ex Welsh rugby league player.  He recently competed in powerlifting, field athletics and indoor rowing for the UK team in the Invictus games, winning a bronze medal in powerlifting.  He also recently won the Scottish Powerlifting Championships.  Scott is currently leading the canoe sprint Olympic Development Programme for British Canoeing.