Major Jack Barton TD served with the Gordon Highlanders seeing service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany. He also served with the Black Watch TA and was Second in Command of Dundee and St Andrews Officer Training Corps. Jack is an amateur Actor and Director with Monifieth Amateur Dramatics and is also Chairman of Scottish Veterans Garden City Association Dundee District Committee.
Born in Northern Ireland, Stephen enlisted into the Army at the age of sixteen. After completing two years training at the Junior Leaders Regiment, Stephen went on to serve a full career of 25 years. Stephen took up his current position as Head of Wellbeing at Legion Scotland Head Office in June 2013. He is currently Musical Director of one of Scotland’s finest brass bands, entertaining at home events and representing Scotland at the European Music Festival in Germany each year. Stephen is delighted to be one of the trustees of Stand Easy, and looks forward to assisting in the recovery of those veterans the charity feels so strong about.
Major Ronnie Proctor
I was born and educated in Kirriemuir and in 1960, left school aged fifteen and joined the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion. Joining the 1st Battalion The Black Watch in November 1962, I served in the Regiment until retiring aged 55 a period of 40 years and saw service in BAOR, Libya, Malaysia, Hong Kong ,Korea , Belize and over nine years in Northern Ireland as well serving in the UK . I was employed as an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was Regimental Sergeant Major of both The Scottish Infantry Depot Aberdeen and of The Black Watch. After 5 years being RSM, I was commissioned in 1984 after serving for a period of 5 years as Regimental Sergeant Major and continued serving with the battalion.
On retiring from Regular Army service I was employed as Assistant Regimental Secretary and Curator of the museum at Balhousie Castle until 2011. I am still employed as Secretary of The Black Watch Association with responsibility for welfare and all other issues regarding serving and retired members of the regiment and their dependants. I am also employed as Honorary Curator of the Black Watch Museum.
I was elected as a Councillor on Angus Council in 2012 appointed Veterans Champion for Angus and involve myself in all veterans issues. I am also the Chairman of the Blairgowrie Branch of Houses for Heroes (Scotland), a Trustee of The Black Watch Association and the Perth Forces Trust and involvement in other service and veterans organisations such as the RBLS, WFA etc.
I am married to Sonia my wife of fifty years with three grown up children one of whom served for 22 years in the forces and the other two were members of the reserve forces.
I would describe myself as an ex-military wife but I can’t sing.
I have been involved with charities as a treasurer for 10 years and am part of a drama group in Monifieth.
I Started out working for HMRC many years ago and am currently finance director for of Ferry Lettings.
Jennie McGregor (Dundee & Angus College Staff)
Lee Lappin (Dundee & Angus College Staff)
Billy Girdwood (Veteran)
Claire Bee (Community Theatre Practitioner and Theatre Director)
Susan Dunham (Veteran)
We are always looking for new committee members. If you feel you have something to offer, whether as a Veteran, as a drama practitioner or as someone who can help with skills such as funding or press and publicity – do please get in touch with Alan Cameron at: [email protected]