Ann Bell MBE was formally adopted last week as the Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate for the Fraserburgh and District ward of Aberdeenshire Council in the forthcoming elections on May 3.
Ann is delighted to be a local candidate for her native town and the local villages of Inverallochy and Cairnbulg.
Born and bred in Buchan, Ann says she still maintains very strong family connections in the area.
Mrs Bell is involved in many local community related activities that include her role as present chair of the Crimond Practice Equipment Fund. As a founder member for the past 34 years she has been involved with fundraising to benefit patients.
She was also a past chairman of the Riding for the Disabled for over nine years, helping to bring together a group that fund raise and volunteer to work with disabled riders.
Other roles include vice-presidency of the Rotary Club of Fraserburgh, a director of Fraserburgh Development Trust and a member of the Board of Governors of Banff and Buchan College.
Mrs Bell’s professional life includes her work experience as a training manager helping people who were unemployed or disabled find work, and as a fishing industry co-ordinator where one of her main roles was to ensure that everyone worked together to deliver the best outcomes for the fishing industry and communities around the North Sea.
In 2003 Mrs Bell was honoured with an MBE in recognition for services to the fishing industry and communities. Her work included bringing fishermen and scientists together to resolve conflict and to work together to ensure the long-term viability of an industry that is crucial to the Broch.
She is currently working to develop a North Sea Maritime Forum that will bring together the fishing industry, oil and gas, renewables, ports, NGOs and local authorities.
Again her main role as facilitator is to ensure that everyone works together to deliver the best long-term outcomes for the local industries and our communities.
Ann is keen to highlight her belief in community involvement at local council level and stresses she will not indulge in petty party politics.
She said: “I believe in positive politics. If we are privileged enough to be elected to serve the community we have, as local politicians, to be able to work together to maximise benefits for our communities.
“Engaging in a negative election will be detrimental to achieving consensus when local decisions need to be taken for the wider benefit of all affected.
“I believe working together is the only way to ensure that Banff and Buchan’s future is developed and secured within a strong Aberdeenshire.
“I will not make promises to you that I may not be able to keep however I will promise you that I will try my very best.”