A Sad and Sudden Loss

We are very sorry to report the loss of Douglas (Doug) Nisbet who died suddenly on Wednesday 5th January. He and his wife Patricia have been life members of the KDRA for over 20 years.

Doug took over as editor of the “Express” newsletter in March 2014 from Ron Smith. He joined the KDRA Board of Directors in 2020. More recently he had been heading up a Strategic Planning Committee looking at ways to raise the profile of our Whisky line for tourism.

As chairman of the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust he had brought with him a wealth of experience in business and tourism in the local rural economy. He was on the editorial team of THISTLEdown (an Independent Glenlivet and Inveravon News Group). He is also greatly missed by other members of the Congregational Board of Tomintoul, Glenlivet and Inveravon Church and of the Rotary Club of Aberlour and Speyside where he had recently been chairman.

Doug has always had a keen interest in logistics. He had joined Aberdeen Business School at the Robert Gordon University where he was a lecturer in the Department of Business and Management and experienced as a professional educator and trainer in Supply Chain Management, Logistics Management and Project Management. He was a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport (F.C.I.L.T.) and a Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching (M.I.L.T). Doug had a Masters Degree in Logistics and a PhD in Supply Chain Management.

His interests were however not exclusively local. From 2007 to 2009 – while he was already a KDRA member – Doug had been off to Fort Portal in Uganda under the Volunteer Missionaries Movement. There, at the Mountains of the Moon University, he held the position of Vice-Chancellor amid the beautiful verdant countryside of that area which lies in the foothills of the Ruwenzori mountains; landscapes not entirely dissimilar to Banffshire but with a somewhat warmer climate!

We grieve his loss especially at this time, as he was so enthusiastic to help us with future plans after so much uncertainty over the pandemic. But for those of us left, even his memory will be for ever a source of inspiration.