Meet the Board

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Ian Minty - Chair

I came to the Western Isles in 1983 as Director of the van Leer-funded Proiseact Muinntir nan Eilean (Community Education Project).  Prior to that I had worked in community education and development both in the UK and abroad.  I retired in 2013 after having worked for Lews Castle College and the University of the Highlands and Islands for 20 years.  I was responsible for the introduction of UHI’s first postgraduate degree in 1998, as well as the UHI programme of initial teacher education in both English and Gaelic medium.  I am married, have three children and four grandchildren and live in Stornoway.

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Anne Macaulay

In 2003, having lived in Uist and Lewis since moving from Glasgow in 1985, I graduated from Lews Castle College UHI with a BA in Business Administration.  I resumed my education since, although the skills and knowledge acquired in a successful career as an Accounts Collection Executive with Scottish Power were transferrable, I had no up-to-date formal qualification that a potential employer would be expecting to see.

My time as a mature student on the Stornoway campus was entirely positive. Not only did I gain a BA degree with Distinction, I also benefitted from a broad range of opportunities to develop as a confident, competent and work-ready individual.  The experience as a student, and subsequent links with business, education and learning through my work with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as Assistant Area Manager in the Outer Hebrides, fitted the work of the Lews Castle College UHI Board. I value the institution and am keen to support its aims to offer a vibrant, academically robust learning experience for its students across the Highlands and Islands. Additionally, my knowledge of the business and community sectors of the Outer Hebrides brings opportunities to further strengthen the links between the students and their potential employers.

After an illness in 2014 my life priorities changed and I left HIE in 2015 to focus on volunteer work. My association with the Lews Castle College UHI Board of Management fits in well with my experience formerly as Chair of Crossroads (Lewis) for ten years and my current responsibilities on the boards of Acair and the Moldova Support Group.

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Jane Maciver

Jane was born in Stornoway, educated at the Nicolson Institute and graduated in law from Aberdeen University. She practised law in Glasgow and Edinburgh for fourteen years specialising in corporate and commercial law before turning her back on her successful legal career to return to the Islands, where she ran her own business development consultancy and training firm and became an assessor for Investors in People. She also worked in both the public and private sectors on the Island as a Project Manager.Latterly Jane spent almost five years as Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority where she helped to develop the business of the port to record levels.  Jane is now making full use of her skills and experience through her own business development company providing a unique mix of both business and personal development advice and assistance to help her clients make a real difference in their businesses and their lives.

DJ Macritchie

Having a desire to retrain and further develop career opportunities, I returned to education in 2001 at Lews Castle CollegeUHI, from where I graduated with a BA in Gaelic Language and Culture. The opportunities and learning environment that I experienced during my time here were of the highest standards. This experience prompted my desire to successfully apply to join the Board to assist and support this integral institution which is such an important aspect of not only our Western Isles community, but of the whole Highlands and Islands.

Before returning to education I was an LGV driver in the Royal Air Force and then based locally in Lewis. While studying and after graduating, I worked for the Comunn Gaidhealach as a part-time Marketing and Advertising officer and then moved to the BBC as a researcher for various television and radio programmes.  For the last 10 years, I have worked for the National Gaelic Resource Agency (Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig) and am currently its Head of Projects. This agency has responsibility for co-ordinating the production and distribution of Gaelic educational resources throughout Scotland.

Christine Morrison

Biography to follow.

Iain Macmillan

Iain was appointed Principal & Chief Executive of the Lews Castle College UHI in May 2012 having spent the previous 9 years as the College's Director of Finance & Corporate Services.  In addition to this role Iain is also a Vice-Principal (Strategic Harmonisation and Organisational Efficiencies) at UHI and is working to identify areas where processes can be improved and where services and resourses can be shared across the university partnership.  Iain is a qualified Accountant and came to the College with more than 21 years senior management experience in the Public Sector.

Florence Jansen

Student representative - biography to follow.

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Caroline MacPherson

Student representative - biography to follow.

Billy Mackinnon

Biography to follow.

Norman Macleod

Biography to follow.

Archie Macdonald

Biography to follow.

Annag Maclean

Biography to follow.

Annie Macsween

Biography to follow.

Ian McCulloch

Biography to follow.

Fiona Pearson

Biography to follow.