FORMER Peterhead minister, Dr David S. Ross, will stand as an Independent Candidate in the council elections in May in the Central Buchan ward.
Dr Ross was born in Aberdeen where he spent his school days. He studied Chemistry at Aberdeen University and graduated with the degrees of B.Sc. and M.Sc. and went on to gain a Ph.D at the University of Glasgow.
He worked with Philips in their Laboratories in Aachen in Germany as a research chemist in the Light Group for three years. He became involved in the life of a NATO Base Church at Brunssum in the Netherlands and returned to Aberdeen to study for the degree of B.D.
After a year as an Associate Minister in Northfield Church, Aberdeen, he moved to Peterhead to become Minister of the Old Parish Church for over 25 years.
It was a varied ministry with many Chaplaincies in schools, industry, hospitals and many organisations of the town.
He was church representative on the education committee for ten years in Grampian and enjoyed this work in particular with a wish to see the benefits of education available to all.
Dr Ross was the local chairman of the Grampian Heart Campaign for the Peterhead area, a member of Peterhead Health Participation Group, a founder member of Peterhead Rugby Club and sang as a tenor in Peterhead Choral Society.
He became the first full-time prison chaplain in the North East of Scotland, mainly working at HMP Peterhead but also at HMP Craiginches, Aberdeen. He has been in this post for eight years and will retire in the near future.
Dr Ross has lived in Old Deer for more than ten years and is actively involved in Old Deer Community Association and has a great love for the area. He has wide sporting interests but is particularly keen on rugby. He enjoys walking, reading, golf, music and fly fishing, having joined the Pitfour Fly Fishing Club.
Dr Ross wishes to continue to be involved in public life and will feel humbled and privileged if the people of Central Buchan appoint him as one of the four councillors in the May election.
He has a lot of experience of life to offer as a councillor and will give of his best if chosen to represent the people of Central Buchan, but will also play his full part in what will be for the good of all who are served by Aberdeenshire Council.