Mary T MacInnes, Ceannard
Ceòlas’ chair Mary T MacInnes has numerous roles within the local community relating to education, Gaelic language and adult learning. Mary is headteacher of Sgoil an Iochdair and has wide experience in development communities, local authority representative on the Scottish Government group, Gaelic Learners in the Primary School, a member of 1+2 language learning in the Western Isles, a tutor for staff training and moderation projects with Education Scotland and a Leading member of Uist Core Learning Interests Group. Mary has also sat on the board of a number of national organisations such as the Scottish Arts Council and MG Alba. Previous roles within the community include: Committee member of Co-chomunn an Iochdair and Iochdar Hall Building Committee, founding member of Cothrom and founder member and development worker for Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain.
Pauline has been involved with Ceòlas for 15 years. Pauline is one of the principal music teachers at Sgoil Lionacleit, Uist’s secondary school based on the Isle of Benbecula, with previous experience teaching music at schools in Barra and Vancouver. She is also a leading member, tutor and conductor with the Argyll and the Isles Diocesan Choir, church organist and choir leader locally and founding member of Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band. Pauline has sat on the boards and committees of a number of community organisations including; Daliburgh School Parent Council, Gleus Community Music Group, Co-chomunn an Iochdair and Iochdar Hall Building Committee.
Isabel has had over twenty five years as a senior economic development manager with HIE and its predecessor, working primarily on the islands between Berneray and Vatersay. Although now retired, she had involvement in many of the projects in this area over the years, from small business start up to major infrastructure developments, gaining a wide experience of both economic and social development in the islands. Isabel is a Director of Cothrom Limited, an established local charity which provides a range of training opportunities to the community, runs a nursery in the medium of Gaelic for children from babies to school age and is developing a recycling business. She is the treasurer of the South Uist Parish of the Church of Scotland.
Catrìona is recognised as Scotland’s most experienced Gaelic language teacher. She is Ceòlas’ newest Board member, having recently moved back to live in Uist permanently. Over the last six years, Catrìona has worked regularly with Ceòlas as a Gaelic language tutor during the Summer School. She has had a long association with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and is a qualified Gaelic-medium primary school supply teacher working with schools across the Outer Hebrides. Catrìona has experience of working on a community board having chaired Fèisan nan Gàidheal for several years.
Angus is a retired Catholic Priest, previously of the Glasgow Archdiocese working in Clydebank, Dunbarton, Royston and Balornock. As a result of his vocational work, Angus has extensive experience of working with and among community groups and other organisations. Angus was co-founder and team leader of Young People’s Beginning Experience Scotland, the Scottish representative for Movement for a Better World project, member & core committee representative of Epiphany Group Network of Ignatian Spiritual Directors and team member of Jesuit Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow. As parish priest for many years, Angus has extensive experience of managing buildings and finances on behalf of the community. Angus is an incredibly well respected and valued member of the local community.
Margaret brings a wealth of invaluable experiences and business expertise to the Ceòlas board. A business woman of over forty years, Margaret ran the post office in Daliburgh from 1974 to 2015. As a results of Margaret’s strong business acumen, the post office has developed into a strong and financially sustainable business which serves as both hub and life-line for the local community. Due to her role as postmistress, Margaret is very well connected within community and highly regarded by all. Margaret has been involved with Ceòlas from the very beginning, with huge support from the community in her role as director, who feel confident that their interests are always well represented.
Donald John MacDonald
Civil Engineer working for the Local Authority. Member of Guthan an Iar singing group. Director of South Uist Renewable Energy(SURE)