Directors

Our board is made up of volunteer directors from the South West Mull and Iona area, all with a wide array of interests and areas of expertise. 

Colin MacDonald
Chair

After an illustrious career as a senior civil servant in the Scottish Officer, taking on various leadership roles (including Head of Management and Organisation and Head of Housing) Colin retired to Iona in 2000. There he is involved in various local organisations and is Chair of the Iona Liason group. He has children and grandchildren living on Iona and a vision for developing the sustainability of the area for future generations.

Colin's extensive leadership experience and knowledge of political processes have made him an invaluable chair.

Brik Halcrow
Company Secretary

Brik has a strong background in finance and previously worked for the Iona Community as admin team leader, encompassing management of the staff, shop, and booking office. She is very committed to the local community through her past work as a director of Mull and Iona Community Trust, and current work as an active volunteer and treasurer of the Mess Charity Shop in Bunessan.

Brik's commitment and financial experience have been of enormous value to SWMID; previously she was heavily involved with SWMID's financial management, a role that is now the remit of a paid employee.

Cameron Anson

Having grown up and attended university in Edinburgh, Cameron moved to the Isle of Mull in 2010 and went on to work in various roles within hospitality, fishing, and tourism before taking up his current role with Our Island Home as part of Rural Housing Scotland. He has also previously been an Adult Learning Tutor for Argyll and Bute Council and is an active and sociable member of the Mull and Iona Pipe Band.

Cameron has a wide range of knowledge and is our youngest board member, who we hope will remain involved and be able to drive through projects which are still in their inception.

David Greenhalgh

David has lived on the Isle of Mull since 1973 and has aquired a deep knowledge of the island, its people and its wildlife. After working in fishing, mussel farming and timber extraction on the island, he now runs a wildlife viewing business and taxi service and together with his wife produces the "Round and About" local paper. He has previously been the chair of the Ross of Mull Historical Centre, and is currently  the Chair of the Ross of Mull and Iona Transport Scheme and a volunteer for the Coastguard.

David's vast knowledge of the local area and community make him a highly valued board member.

Jack Degnan

Jack is a recently retired head teacher with over 25 year's experience, including several years at the local Bunessan Primary School where he is still involved running a weekly children's chess club. He is actively involved in various community organisations including the Bunessan Show, the Bunessan Easter Run and the Ross of Mull and Iona Gala. He is also a longstanding member of the local volunteer fire service and an active member of Heart-Start, which trains local people in resuscitation techniques. 

Jack is much appreciated by the board for his humour, vision, and commitment to organising events that help foster community spirit and identity.

Stewart MacDougall

Stewart is a local mechanic who has worked in the family's garage business for 32 years. The garage is an MOT test centre, a breakdown recovery service, fuel distributor to the marine sector in the area and commercial transport operator and schools transport provider to Argyll and Bute Council. He is also head of the local fire station, and has been involved with village hall committees, the Mull Community Council, the Mull Rally and the refurbishment of Mull Slaighterhouse.

Stewart's local knowledge, commitment to the area and its people, and his willingness help out whatever the task make him a highly respected board member.

Tony Jeffree

Tony is an IT professional with many years of experience working in software development, IT and Management Consultancy. Since 1984 he has been deeply involved with the work of IEEE 802, the standards body defining industry standards for Wifi and Ethernet, and received IEEE's "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2013. He is now a member of the Mull and Iona Community Trust's steering group for the "GigaPlus Argyll" project, bringing next generation broadband services to the area, and runs a development of holiday letting cottages with his wife Jenny.

Tony's extensive business and leadership experience have been invaluable in his role as Chair of the Forest directors subcommittee and he also offers excellent technical assistance to the staff.

Julie Ward

Originally trained in science and conservation, Julie taught science and mathematics in secondary schools before working in museums and heritage for fifteen years. She spent six years as Yorkshire Regional Education Officer for English Heritage and headed the National Education Team, for a short period. This involved managing a variety of projects, including family learning resources and working as part of teams developing new visitor centres with a particular focus on learning and interpretation. Julie now lives in Fionnphort and works as an artist potter.

Martin Putsey

After being a frequent visitor for several years, Martin moved permanently to Mull in 2016. Before taking early retirement, Martin worked for over 30 years as a chartered town planner in the public sector, specialising in the preparation of local development plans. He is keen to learn about the history, culture and environment of the Ross of Mull so has become a regular volunteer for the National Trust for Scotland.

Martin is keen to use his knowledge and experiance to promote the sustainable development of the Ross and Iona.

Alison McKenzie

Alison was born and brought up on the Ross of Mull and, after gaining a degree in business information management and marketing in Glasgow, studied childcare in Oban. Alison is now an early education and childcare worker based at Iona Primary School, lives with her husband and young family in Fionnphort and is a member of the Creich Hall Committee.

Alison joined SWMID to get involved with future projects and give back to the area she has always called home.

Neil Harvey

Neil's background is in outdoor education and change management. While originally from Scotland, Neil has spent many years away instructing for Outward Bound in Canada and New Zealand and as Quality Risk Manager for Outward Bound Australia. He holds a Mountain Leader Award from the Mountain Training Association. He also previously ran St Columba Hotel, worked with Ardalanish Weavers, and is involved in an ongoing way with Camas Adventure Camp. Now, Neil lives in Ardtun from where he runs Wild Journeys and Wild Campers.

On returning to Mull in 2016 Neil was excited to see all that is going on with SWMID and is keen to get involved!

Sandra Fox

Sandra has a strong background in HR and administrative management. She has previously worked for national and international NGOs in London, as Staff Coordinator for the Iona Community, and with community-based women's organisations in Edinburgh and Malawi, focussing on personal development and employability. After spending 10 of the last 20 years on Iona and having been a full time resident for the last five years, she now considers the island her home.

Sandra is now Assistant Manager at the St Columba Hotel and is looking forward to making a small contribution to the wider community with SWMID. 

Richard Hawkes

Richard has had a long and varied career in the construction industry as a Chartered Structural Engineer. Challenging projects have ranged from historic buildings to stadia, including Wimbledon Centre Court and the 2012 Olympic swimming pool. Before setting up his own consultancies, he worked for large national companies at director level.

Now living in Pennyghael, he wants to apply his problem-solving skills to benefit the local community.