Who we are


The Fife Licensed Trade Association evolved from the amalgamation of three district licensed trade associations in the mid 1990's. The FLTA was affiliated to the Scottish Licensed Trade Association until 2015 when, for various reasons, the decision was taken to break away and operate as an independent association once more. This has enabled us to be much more responsive and to concentrate fully on the day-to-day needs of our membership. 



Meet the team

Brian Gordon, President

Brian owns the Springfield Tavern just outside Cupar and accordingly is only too aware of the pressures and challenges facing licencees in the trade today.

Thomas Donaldson, Membership Coordinator

Thomas joined the FLTA in 2019 to help grow the membership. He has been a licensee for a number of years now and has TheStation Bar in Cupar.

Sandy Haxton, Director

Sandy has been involved in the licensed trade for many years, first with Maclays and Tennents, and subsequently as the licensee of Betty Nicols in Kirkcaldy, before hanging up his apron a couple of years ago. he is a past President of both the Fife Licensed Trade Association and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.

Ronnie Dick, Director

Ronnie has also been involved in the licensed trade for many years, latterly as the licencee of the Lomond Hills Hotel in Freuchie. He is a past President of the Fife Licensed Trade Association.

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John Barclay, Director

John is someone else who is well known within the Scottish licensed trade and is a past Secretary of the Fife Association, a post he held for many years.  John has also been a member of the Fife Licensing Forum since its inception. His wealth of experience is invaluable to the FLTA. 

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Morag Douglas, Director

Morag has been on the Board of the FLTA for a number of years and owns The Star in Burntisland. Morag looks after the FLTA's presence on social media.

Colin Boyle, Membership Secretary 

Colin became involved in the licensed trade later on in life and together with Jeff Ellis runs CJ Business Services which offers scale floor plans drawing services to licencees. He is an ex-banker and brings a different brand of experience to the FLTA Board.

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Jeff Ellis, Director

Jeff owns The Bear Tavern in Newburgh and has been involved in the licensed trade for almost 20 years, after a 30 year career in banking. He is a past President of the FLTA and for the second time is sitting as Convener of the Fife Licensing Forum. He is also editor of the FLTA's monthly newsletter "The Nip". 

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Helen McKenzie Smith, Chairwoman of the Year 

Together with husband Drew Helen is responsible for bringing back whisky distilling to the ancient site of Lindores Abbey, where the  production of scotch whisky was first recorded in the Exchequer Rolls of 1494.

Cliff Fleming, Director

Cliff is a senior partners at the accounting firm Condies, based in Dunfermline. He is a long time friend of the licensed trade in Fife and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of accounting and tax issues.