Our board is made up of 12 volunteer directors from the South West Mull and Iona area.
Colin MacDonald (Chair)
Colin was a senior civil servant in the Scottish Office with an illustrious career that has encompassed various leadership roles, including Head of Management and Organisation and Head of Housing. Colin retired in 2000 and re-located to Iona. He is involved in many local organisations and is Chair of the Iona Liaison group which meets twice a year and includes representatives from all the agencies, government and local organisations who are stakeholders on Iona. Colin has children and grandchildren living on Iona and a vision for developing the sustainability of the area for future generations.
Colin’s extensive experience of leadership and his knowledge of political processes have made him an invaluable Chair.
Brik Halcrow (Company Secretary)
Brik has a background in accounts and finance and worked for the Iona Community for many years as admin team leader; including the management of staffing, staff care and finance and overall responsibility for the work of the shop, bookings office, maintenance and general administration team. She has a strong commitment to the local community and, as well as her involvement with SWMID, is a very active volunteer and treasurer for the MESS charity shop in Bunessan. Brik has previously been a director on the board of Mull and Iona Community Trust.
Brik’s commitment and financial experience have been of enormous value to SWMID. Previously she was heavily involved in the day to day management of SWMID’s finances, a role that is now in the remit of a paid employee.
Anne is a Glasgow School of Art graduate who had her own ceramics and pottery business on Mull. She has also worked in community education, rural development and politics, including working for the Corram Trust which saw the creation of Mull and Iona Community Trust. Anne has sat on Mull Community Council and is involved in the local community in a variety of ways; she is Chair of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre and researches local genealogy. Anne is a volunteer driver for the Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme and is an active member of various health care bodies; the Patient Participation Group, the Locality Planning Group and the Integrated Care Group. Anne is interested in all areas of community development, in particular affordable housing, community land ownership and health.
Anne’s knowledge and her passionate and outspoken commitment to community development is a driving force for the SWMID Board.
John is a farmer who has lived all of his life on Iona and has children and grandchildren here. He has extensive knowledge of the area and is particularly interested in agriculture, land management and issues affecting farmers. John is Vice-Chair of the Sound of Iona Harbours Committee.
John’s quiet authority, his knowledge of farming and his strong commitment to local development make him a great asset to the Board.
Having grown up, worked and attended university in Edinburgh, Cameron moved to the Isle of Mull in 2010 to take up employment in the tourism and hospitality industry where he gained good knowledge of this sector. He has also worked in fishing before taking on his current role as a steward for Historic Environment Scotland at Iona Abbey.
Cameron was also employed for a year as an Adult Learning Tutor for Argyll and Bute Council, teaching evening classes for beginner level computing skills. He is an active and sociable member of the Mull and Iona Pipe Band and is Vice Chair of the Mull Community Council. Cameron is also a Community First Responder – part of a network of people who are trained to use locally sited defibrillators and administer oxygen in a cardiac emergency.
Cameron is an engaged and active Board member who has knowledge across a wide range of areas from tourism and fishing to training to the processes of local government. He is our youngest Board member who we hope will remain involved and able to drive through projects that are still in their inception.
David has lived on the Isle of Mull since 1973 and acquired a deep knowledge of the island and its people, as well as that of the wildlife native to the island. Since moving to Mull he has worked in fishing, mussel farming, timber extraction and bus-driving. He runs a wildlife viewing business and taxi service and together with his wife, produces the “Round and About”, the local paper for Mull and Iona. David has been Chair of the Ross of Mull and Iona Transport Scheme and was for many years Chair of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre. David is also a member of the local volunteer Coastguard.
His vast knowledge of the local area and history and his commitment to the local community make him a highly valued Board member.
Jack is a recently retired head teacher with over 25 years’ experience; including several years as head teacher in Bunessan Primary School on the Ross of Mull. Jack is actively involved in a number of community organisations including Bunessan Show, Bunessan Easter Run and the Ross of Mull and Iona Gala. Jack is a long-standing member of the local volunteer fire service. He is still involved with the local primary school and runs a weekly children’s Chess club. He is also an active member of Heart-Start, training local people – adults and children – in resuscitation techniques.
Jack is much appreciated on the Board for his humour and his vision and commitment to organising social and community events that help foster community spirit and identity.
Stewart was brought up on Mull and has extensive family connections here. He is a mechanic and has worked in the family garage business for 32 years. The garage is a MOT test centre, a breakdown recovery service, fuel distributor to the marine sector in South West Mull and Iona, and is a commercial transport operator and schools transport provider to Argyll and Bute Council. He is also a crofter and has a herd of Highland Cattle. He has been involved with the local volunteer fire service for 16 years and is now the head of the local fire station. Stewart has been involved in various community groups, including village hall committees, the refurbishment of Mull Slaughter House, the Mull Rally and Mull Community Council.
Stewart’s local knowledge, his commitment to the area and its people, and his willingness to help out whatever the task make him a highly respected Board member.
Tony is an IT professional with many years of experience in software development, IT and management consultancy. Since 1984 he has been deeply involved in the work of IEEE 802, the standards body that defines the industry standards for WiFi and Ethernet. In July 2013 he was the recipient of the IEEE’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of this work. He is a member of the Mull and Iona Community Trust steering group that is developing the “GigaPlus Argyll” project to bring next generation broadband services to Mull and surrounding areas, and runs a development of holiday letting cottages in partnership with his wife Jenny.
Tony’s extensive business and leadership experience have been invaluable in his role as Chair of the Forest Directors subcommittee. He is also able to offer excellent technical advice to staff.
Robert is Chair of the Sound of Iona Harbours Committee. Native to Mull he has developed a successful career in the marine transport industry and is a skipper with Caledonian MacBrayne. Robert has been involved in many community organisations, in particular he was the Chair of the Ross of Mull Fishermen’s Association which organised annual events in the area to raise money for local groups.
Robert’s commitment to the local area and his experience of the marine sector make him ideally suited for his role as Chair of the Sound of Iona Harbours Committee.
Following a career in IT, including ten years managing pan-European IT projects, Alison worked in the charitable sector before returning to university in Edinburgh. She currently combines academic research with assisting her husband in his architectural practice, skills that are proving handy for working on their house in Tiroran. She is experienced in fundraising and community grant-giving from her time as Director of Heart of England Community Foundation, a sister organisation to Foundation Scotland.
Alison’s work experience and skills have been much appreciated by the SWMID Board: she has been responsible for the development of procedures and policies and was actively involved in the recruitment of two new employees.
Marie is an actuary whose career has focused on financial modelling for life insurance companies, including risk based capital assessments. Since moving to Mull, Marie has continued to do some actuarial work from home, as well as lots of other things. Marie has a keen interest in the natural environment of Mull and its wildlife, and is the fund raising officer for the Mull Otter Group.
Marie’s financial and spreadsheet skills have been invaluable in helping to develop cash-flows and projections in relation to Tiroran Community Forest.
Local Development Manager