The Pairc Trust currently employs one member of staff, who is based in the Resource Centre in Kershader:

Fiona Stokes (Estate Office Manager)

Fiona has a background in Business Administration and moved to Lewis from Coventry in 2007. She lives in Kershader.

The Trust has a Board of seven Directors, who were last elected at our A.G.M on Thursday 15th November 2018:

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 now works as Contracts Manager for MacAulay Askernish Ltd and lives in Habost.

Sub-Group Involvement: Renewables, Crofting & Marine.

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.

Sub-Group Involvement: Tourism

John Murdo Matheson (Vice Chair)

John Murdo has an extensive knowledge of crofting and has a large number of livestock.  He works in the Lewis 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.

Sub-Group Involvement: Crofting

Kenny Mackay 

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.

Sub-Group Involvement: Housing, Marine, Renewables.

Iain Norman Macleod

Iain Norman has an extensive knowledge of crofting and has a large number of livestock. He works for Scottish Water and lives in Habost.

Sub-Group Involvement: Crofting

Joe Wilson 

Joe has a background in building, construction & joinery.  He moved to Cromore from Kilmarnock in 1979, where he built his own family home and stayed for 20 years.  After a move to Stornoway for 10 years, Joe returned to the area in 2011 and has built a house to retire into, this time in Habost.

Sub-Group Involvement: Housing, Tourism.

Angus Nicolson

Angus works for Marine Harvest as a fish-farm technician and lives in Orinsay.

Sub-Group Involvement: Renewables, Marine.

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.

If you are interested in volunteering as a director of the trust, a nomination form is available from our Documents page.