Ann Bell has been adopted as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the Troup by-election on November 27.
Born and bred in Buchan, Ann has very strong family connections in the area and is delighted to be a local candidate.
Ann is involved in many local community activities including her roles as Chair of the Crimond Practice Equipment Fund; past Chairman of the Riding for the Disabled; past President of Rotary Club of Fraserburgh; and Member of the Board of Governors of North East Scotland College.
Ann’s professional life includes working as a Training Manager to help unemployed and disabled people find work; and latterly as a North Sea Commission Marine Advisor, Manager of the North Sea Commission Fisheries Partnership, and as a Director of North Sea Advisory Council.
In 2013 Ann was the Super Saturdays co-ordinator, which has been recognised nationally as contributing to regeneration in the Broch.
In 2003 Ann was honoured with an MBE for services to the fishing industry and communities.
As a doting granny, Ann was involved in the Toddler Groups in New Aberdour and Rosehearty, an experience which gave her an insight into the issues for young families in the ward.
Commenting, Ann 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.
“I believe working together is the only way to ensure that Banff and Buchan’s future is secured within a strong Aberdeenshire.
“If elected I look forward to working with the other members of the Area Committee, most of whom I know and respect, and as the only woman standing I might be able to have a different perspective.
“I will not make promises that I may not be able to keep - however, I promise that I will try my very best.”