Meet the Committee

Chairman - Trevor Hayward

Hello, I’m Trevor. I moved from down south to Duncow just north of Dumfries in 2008 after retiring from too many years working in the computer services industry all over the UK and, briefly, in Europe, mainly visiting airports and hotel rooms!

Since moving to this beautiful part of the country I have made many new friends, finding the locals to be both very friendly and tolerant of us ‘incomers’.

My interests include photography, gardening and travel with my wife, Formula 1 (not taking part anymore) and of course a decent pint of beer. For exercise, apart from walking between pubs, I also try and play badminton once a week.

I don’t have a local as such but try to frequent as many real ale pubs, mainly in Dumfries, as I can. Since the latest round of bus timetable cuts this has become even more of a challenge. Swannay Orkney IPA is probably my favourite beer of the moment, although if I can find it I slightly prefer their Orkney Blast. I was born in Kent so still like those beautifully hoppy and bitter Kentish ales such as Spitfire.

Membership Secretary and Treasurer - Alan Gass

A Doonhamer, all my life so far, for the first seventy years at least, I am proud to live in such a pleasant and peaceful part of the world. My interests cover a range of sports, mainly associated with a round ball, and I have only recently taken a short break from indoor Senior Football at the Queen of the South Arena. I undertake modest hillwalking twice a month and try to ensure each trip culminates in visits to real ale pubs or beer festivals.

I retired from Local Government in April 2006 and enjoy a full and healthy social, family and home life. I live in Maxwelltown which unfortunately boasts no real ale pubs and causes me to walk across the River Nith whenever thirst-driven.

I joined CAMRA in the first few days after the millennium, having waited to see if we would all survive! I have served the sub-branch as a volunteer in all committee roles and currently look after our modest finances and act as Membership Secretary.

Branch Contact, Secretary, Website & Social Media Officer and Social Events Co-ordinator - Phil Robinson

Born in Corbridge, Northumberland I lived for the first 36 years of my life in Prudhoe in the Tyne Valley. I was educated in Hexham and after leaving school worked in the town for 20 years before moving to Dumfries in 1999 for a career change to work in business and economic development in the public sector across Scotland which I continue to do today.

Being a 'Geordie' I am a passionate Newcastle United fan and have supported the 'Toon' during the highs, and sadly too frequently, the lows. I also enjoy music, photography, hillwalking and of course real ale.

I joined CAMRA in 2009 and started taking an active role in local sub-branch committee matters about 3 years ago, initially as Website and Social Media Officer but more recently taking on the additional roles of Secretary, Sub-Branch Contact and Social Events Co-ordinator.

You will find me most weekends in and around the real ale establishments in Dumfries and occasionally further afield where it is always a pleasure to visit different pubs and to sample different ales. Particular favourites of mine...... too many to mention really.

Pubs Database Co-ordinator - Keith Bruce

I am of Yorkshire origin but have been in Scotland since 1997, and in Kirkcudbrightshire since 2003. I aim to do some modest hillwalking twice a month with the objective that the day ends with a real ale pub.

I retired in 2017 to further enjoy "leisure time" with CAMRA, Rotary and Fairtrade - leisure I have found is limited!

I have served the sub-branch as a volunteer and do all that I can do to keep our pub records up to date.