40 people who made an impact in Fife in 2014

Gordon Aikman
Gordon Aikman

Who were the people who made an impact in Fife in 2014 - or helped put the Kingdom on the map?

Here we unveil our own top 40 and celebrate their achievements and influence.

University Principal Dr Louise Richardson.

University Principal Dr Louise Richardson.

From politics to sport, from food to music, they all made a difference - and we are delighted to give them all a very public thank you.

1 Gordon Aikman

The young Kirkcaldy man’s moving story of being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease at the age of just 29 touched many people. His campaign for change including getting the UK Government to double investment into MND Research to find a cure quicker, making it illegal for local authorities to charge terminally ill patients with such conditions for personal care and to have the Scottish Government fully fund seven specialist MND nurses. He also raised over £100,000.

2 Gordon Brown MP

Karen Morrison, STAR charity

Karen Morrison, STAR charity

A political revival and a retiral in one remarkable year, Mr Brown’s passionate oratory during the referendum campaign was significant, and hugely influential and led to calls for him to lead his party at Holyrood. His future lies in his 
charity work.

3 Dr Louise Richardson

Dr Richardson, principal of St Andrews University, refused to attend lunches at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club until they allowed female members. She joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a dinner in New York to mark the University’s 600th anniversary.

4 Ruth Davidson MSP

The former Buckhaven High pupil now leader of the Scottish Tories had a sparking referendum campaign - shining in the major TV debates, speaking with authority and humour. Her high profile also did her party no harm at all.

5 Stephen Sinclair

As former operations manager of the Byre Theatre, Stephen formed his own company after the venue closed in 2013. This enabled the theatre to re-open for specific events. He became general manager when the Council-owned venue was taken over by the University of St Andrews.

6 Mike Keane

Kirkcaldy boxing trainer was the mastermind behind Boxing Scotland’s outstanding performance in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, coaching his team to two golds and two bronze medals – the nation’s best result at a Games since 1962.

7 Christine Munro

The Kirkcaldy woman was instrumental in setting up the ‘Fife’s Spirit of Christmas’ campaign with the aim of collecting gifts for needy families. It saw more than 1500 presents donated.

8 Keith Jackson

Keith, who runs the Beautiful Fife campaign for Fife Council, was part of the team which received a gold medal and the Diamond Jubilee Award at the Chelsea Flower Show.

9 Heather Stuart

As CEO of Fife Cultural trust, Heather launched the Kingdom’s new creative and culturual strategy - a major three-year plan - and supported a range of festivals and events. Also a key member of Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions.

10 Mike Small

Editor of Bella Caledonia, the Scottish political website launched in 2007 but which came into its own in the referendum debate as an alternative to the mainstream media.

11 Jamie Scott

Chef at Rocca in St Andrews was crowned winner of the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals. His final menu, which included Arbroath smokies and East Neuk crab, was declared a “triumph” by judge Marcus Wareing.

12 Ian Nimmo White

The Glenrothes poet’s interest in Leslie man David Mitchell, the driver of the ill-fated train which plunged from the Tay Rail Bridge, led to his involvement in the Disaster Memorial Trust which successfully erected monuments to the victims on both sides of the river.

13 Grant Murray

Led Raith Rovers to victory in the Ramsdens Cup final, beating Rangers with a stunning last-gasp extra-time winner at Easter Road.

14 Lindsay Roy MP & Tricia Marwick MSP

Led successful community campaign to save the out of hours service at Glenrothes Hospital that NHS Fife wanted to close.

15 Elizabeth Gordon

Elizabeth was named as Anstruther’s Citizen of the Year in 2014. She is involved in a range of projects, including the Community Kist, which raises funds for the town, and is president of the Ansruther Improvements Association.

16 David McClure

Appointed headteacher of Madras College, St Andrews, in 2013, he was praised for his “motivational leadership” as it received one of Scotland’s best inspection reports in 2014.

17 Pauline Buchan

Service manager at The Cottage Family Centre, Kirkcaldy. Pauline and her staff mounted a huge appeal to help collect clothing, toys and cash to provide Christmas gifts and food hampers for 180 families with 500 children.

18 Marie Penman

The public face of Yes Kirkcaldy led a lively, creative campaign - their High street shop was a hive of activity - and brought big names, including Nicola Sturgeon, to town for major rallies. Marie is now standing as a councillor in the Kirkcaldy east by-election.

19 Liz Anderson

On the park Liz helped guide East Fife Ladies’ football team to a promotion winning season while her day job as a Fife Council active schools coordinator sees her nurture the next generation of players.

20 Lesley MacDonald

The Kirkcaldy lass captained the Scottish netball side to a top eight finish at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She subequently announced her retirement from international netball as Scotland’s most capped player, having won 127 caps since 1999.

21 Ally Gourlay

Facing a diagnosis of terminal cancer, Ally touched and inspired many people with his head on and upbeat approach, and continues to work as media relations officer at Raith Rovers and also hosts ‘Art School Dancing’ on K107.

22 Prof. John Wallace

The world-renowned trumpeter from Methilhill, who performed at Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding, stepped down as director of the Royal Conservatoire Scotland after 12 years. He was was also awarded an honorary doctorate from St Andrews University.

23 John Murray

The veteran DJ, a founding director of Kingdom FM, launched Kirkcaldy’s first ever community radio station - K107. It broadcasts on FM and online 24 hours a day with music, interviews, chat and community information.

24 Chris Wroniecki

Chris has raised thousands for children’s cancer charities since his daughter Summer was diagnosed with a tumour. Chris and wife Karen co-ordinated ‘Team Summer’ which has taken part in three marathon-length Kiltwalks. He also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

25 Turnbull Hutton

Irrascible and outspoken, the outgoing Raith Rovers chairman said it in his own way - from pops at his own fans to scything through Rangers, he has more than left his mark. Allan Young has big shoes to fill …

26 Lizzy Halstead

For decades Lizzy has been one of the unsung heroes of Kirkcaldy’s Linktown, organising the annual children’s party and helping with other community events. This year she also helped set up a youth club for teenagers in the area.

27 Janet Robertson

Having successfully set up The Arts Hub in Kirkcaldy, Janet is leading the team behind the Fife Youth Arts Hub which aims to create a network of arts provision that’s acccessible to young people across the Kingdom.

28 Karen Morrison

Karen founded the charity STAR (Sibling Therapeutic Assessment Retreat). Based on farmland near Newburgh, the organisation welcomed its first siblings. It was two years ago that the charity secured vital funding from the People’s Millions.

29 Shirley Faichney

Methilhill woman Shirley was one of the founders of the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative, which has gone from strength to strength this year. In July, they reached a top milestone by opening their Community Garden and learning space.

30 Ken Scott and Spike

Cupar man Ken is profoundly deaf but he and his trusty hearing dog Spike travel round Fife and beyond raising awareness of the issues faced by people with hearing impairments. They have been honoured for their work in the Scottish Parliament.

31 Eilidh Child

The ‘poster girl’ of the Commonwealth Games, Pitreavie athlete Eilidh enjoyed her most successful year so far, winning a Commonwealth silver medal in the 400m hurdles, and then going on to win her first major title, taking gold at the European Championships.

32 Morgan Morris

The Waid Academy pupil earned rewards for his deep commitment to social activism and helping his community. He was second overall in Scotland in the national Inspire>Aspire poster competition, while he was later conferred with ‘ambassador’ status by #iwill, a national charity which promotes social action.

33 Marion Macdonald

Animal lover Marion works tirelessly for animal charities and has volunteered in rescue centres all over the world. She was so moved by the plight of the dogs she met in Thailand that she adopted two and brought them to her home in Cupar.

34 Bob Dick

2014 was the year the Commonwealth Games came to Scotland. Off the track the Scots lit up the bowling green - thanks in part to Cupar’s Team Scotland para head coach Bob Dick.

35 Sandra Farrer

Retired teacher who embarked on an ambitious project to create a scarf that stretched from her home village of Gateside to Rachel House in Kinross. Although she fell slightly short of her target, she raised thousands.

36 Gina Logan

Fife swimming teacher Gina was Scotland deputy team manager at the Commonwealth Games. Gina, from Cupar, worked with all the Team Scotland athletes, officials and the media.

37 King Creosote

Crail’s Kenny Anderson AKA King Creosote produced his most successful album to date. ‘From Scotland With Love’ was the soundtrack to a documentary film of the same name which was commissioned as part of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

38 Pete Horne

A successful former Bell Baxter and Howe of Fife rugby player, Pete enjoyed his first start for Scotland 1st XV against Canada in Toronto. A member of Glasgow Warriors since 2009, his winning try against Northampton Saints in last season’s Heineken Cup was voted try of the season.

39 Chris Fusaro

Chris, of Cupar Muir, had his first cap with the Scottish rugby 1st XV against England in the Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield. Plays with Glasgow Warriors.

40 David Mach

Mach returned to his roots for a project close to his heart. Working with Leven Community Council to commemorate the locally based Poles who took part in the Battle of Arnhem, he created a brand new sculpture in Leven’s Festival Gardens.

Morgan Morris #iwill ambassado

Morgan Morris #iwill ambassado