People

Pairc Trust appointed two members of staff in 2016, who are both based in the Resource Centre in Kershader:

Jen Ellis, Development Manager

Fiona Stokes, Administration Officer

The Trust has a Board of seven Directors, who were elected at our A.G.M on Thursday 19th May 2016:

Angus McDowall (Chair)

Angus has extensive experience of private industry in the construction sector.  Previously founder, owner, and manager of a construction firm specialising in bulk earthworks, utility contracts, and maintenance contracts, employing over 70 staff.  He lives in Habost.

Steve Mortimore (Vice Chair)

Steve has an extensive history in education with an Honours Degree in Geology, Education Diploma and Certificate of Advanced Study. He has worked as the Head of Geology and a Primary School teacher. When he moved to Lewis he worked as a supply teacher and was employed by Scottish Water. He was a governor at different schools as well as a Health and Safety Representative.

Steve has extensive committee and casework experience for NASUWT (Teachers` Union) and was a member of the Liaison Committee for wind turbine development for Pairc and has been a Director of Pairc Trust for six years in total. He lives in Garyvard.

Ken Kennedy (Treasurer)

Ken spent most of his career in the Maritime Industry having served as Ship’s Master and Offshore Installation Manager on Drilling Units worldwide. He then lectured students at Lews Castle College for seven years before retiring from full time employment. Ken has extensive experience in tourism, mainly focused in providing self-catering accommodation and now lives in Stornoway.

Jim McLaughlin 

Jim has been a crofter for 28 years and weaver for 18 years.  He has extensive experience of livestock management and business issues, and currently works for the Royal Mail, living and working around Sheildenish.

Alan Wilson

Alan has qualifications and experience in fish husbandry, fish farming, construction industry, business studies, garden maintenance and land engineering, working in both private and public sectors. He is currently a joiner with a local construction company and lives in Kershader.

John Murdo Matheson

John Murdo has an extensive knowledge of crofting and has a large number of livestock. He works in the Crofters in Stornoway and is the Grazings Clerk for Gravir and Calbost. John Murdo is also a Director of the Lewis and Harris Auction Marts and lives in Gravir.

Kenny Mackay (joined 10th May 2017)

Kenny has past experience of running his own businesses, currently works for the coastguard and is watch manager for the local Fire & Rescue service. He lives in Lemreway.

The Trust has an agreement in place with Co-Chomunn na Pairc (the Pairc Community Co-operative), which owns and operates the Ravenspoint Centre on behalf of the community, to have a mutual seat on both Boards to encourage joint working between the two organisations. We see this as a vital partnership, as Co-Chomunn na Pairc is an important local organisation, which runs the local shop, hostel and cafe. We have common goals, which are to regenerate the Estate and bring more facilities, services and visitors to the area.

Ishbel Maclennan sits on the Pairc Trust board on behalf of Co-Chomunn na Pairc and lives in Marvig.