Maureen McDonald-Cooke


Maureen is originally from Dundee and latterly spent 20 years residing in Norfolk before returning to the Highlands in 2018. She has a Foundation degree in Policing & Criminal Justice, and a Master’s in Housing & Sustainable Communities.

With over 40 years of business experience both in the private and public sector, Maureen has a wide range of strategic and operational skills from policy, land management, affordable housing, to managing community benefit wind farm contracts. Maureen describes herself as a bit of a ‘jack of all trades’.

She is the Project & Development Manager for Strathdearn Community Developments (SCD), based in Tomatin which is a small village nestled in between two busy and growing settlements, Inverness and Aviemore.

A previous member on the SCD Board. Maureen leads on all of the capital projects which to date has seen a portfolio of around £3million of diverse assets now in the hands of community ownership and increasing!

However, generally collaborating to get things done is her favourite, whether that’s within a work team or an aspiring community!

Maureen is hugely passionate about developing good quality, energy efficient affordable housing as part of becoming a sustainable community. She has been a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing since 2012. Past Chair of the National Housing Federation (Eastern England Region). A mentor for Housing Diversity Network and previous Non-Exe Director for Community Housing Trust (Scotland).

Any spare time is spent wandering the beautiful natural landscape she lives in with her 2 dogs Isla and Indie.

Maureen says, “Our communities need to be ready to deal with the changes and challenges that are already here and what’s to come in the future and being part of Community Energy Scotland helping to develop community resilience in a number of areas is really exciting opportunity.

“With collaborations being paramount to remain robust and resilient for Highland communities, whether it’s tourism, renewable energy or innovative ways working towards Net Zero, as custodians leaving a great legacy for future generations is incumbent upon on all of us.”