About our Directors

Our Directors come from different backgrounds with a common interest in the community of Alyth.

Kevin CoeKevin Coe: Before retiring in 2016, Kevin spent more than 35 years working in journalism and public relations across various sectors:  higher education, health service delivery, social care regulation, economic development, property and land management, and manufacturing. Kevin has held chief executive and senior management roles in both the public and private sectors, delivering media relations, public affairs, social media and internal communications campaigns and programmes at local, regional, national and international levels.  He has lived in Alyth since 1998.

Ann HooperAnn Hooper, Chair: Ann and her husband settled in Alyth in 2015, following retirement. She enjoyed a career in education, firstly teaching Biology and Chemistry and latterly as the deputy head of a girls’ secondary school in South London. Her career has honed a variety of skills: from a science perspective respect and interest in the natural world and from that of school leadership diplomacy, organisation, negotiation and delegation!

KT Garrett-SutherlandKT Garrett-Sutherland: KT is a civil servant who spends her time between Westminster and her home on the side of Alyth Hill. She has made a career working with ministers, Parliament, the EU and international governments – often at the same time! Currently KT runs a directorate in the Cabinet Office and would describe herself as a business strategist and a ‘fixer’. KT lives with her son (who is the personification of Tigger!), their dog and horses. Due to her father’s influence her winter weekend habitat is somewhere behind a gun line working her dog. In the summer she can be found taking in the local scenery on horseback – usually at speed as she says in over thirty years of breaking and schooling horses she never did find the brake pedal.

Laura RodgerLaura Rodger: Laura has lived in Alyth since she was 13 years old after moving here with her family in 2007. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree in 2015, she spent a few years teaching English in Colombia and Spain. She has now returned to the University of Dundee as a PhD History Candidate. Laura is active in the community, she is the co-founder of Game Square and Square One. She also volunteers with the Alyth Youth Partnership.

Russell W TaylorRussell Willis Taylor, Secretary: Russell and her husband Steve moved to Alyth in April 2018 after staying here for several summers and appreciating its unique beauty and community spirit.  Russell has been a non-profit CEO in the UK and the USA for the past 26 years, including heading the English National Opera in London as well as National Arts Strategies in the US.  She has extensive experience in the non-profit and grant-making fields both here and in North America, and is delighted to help Alyth Development Trust strengthen this community.

David WhippsDavid Whipps, Treasurer: David retired in 2017 following a 25-year career in the NHS as a project manager.  In addition to project management skills David has experience of public engagement in a health and social care environment.  David moved to Alyth in 2017 where he now lives with his wife, Eleanor, and three dogs.