Mary T MacInnes, Cathraiche
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. She is a member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
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. Catrìona has been inducted into the Trad Hall of Fame.
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
Dòmhnall Iain is a civil engineer working for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. He has previously worked for engineering consultants in Glasgow and locally based J. J MacDonald Contractors. Over the last 10 years his work with the Comhairle has included the supervision of extensive storm damage repair works, including the North Ford Causeway improvements, and the Uist & Barra Coastal Protection Schemes. Dòmhnall Iain is also a Director of SURE (South Uist Renewable Energy). He is also a member of West Gerinish Common Grazings and several community based groups, including Guthan an Iar.
Roisin King is an Irish musician who speaks the Irish language. She studied Music and History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College Dublin. She currently lectures in Music at the Lews Castle College campus in Benbecula. Whilst at the University of Limerick where she worked as a lecturer in Audio Visual Technology. Prior to this Roisin was employed for many years in film and television post production at ReelGood Studios, Windmill Lane Pictures and Inflight Audio where she worked with the National Sound Archive and the Charles Parker Archive. She also holds a specialist certificate in Composition for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music and currently runs the new module Sound and Vision – teaching film soundtrack composition.
Lauren Morrison is originally from Forres, Morayshire. She moved to Uist in 2013, after 7 years working as a history and modern studies teacher in Moray and West Lothian. She currently works as Principal Teacher of Social Subjects at Sgoil Lìonacleit in Benbecula. Following completion of a Postgraduate diploma in Gaelic Immersion for Teachers at the University of Strathclyde, Lauren started teaching social subjects through the medium of Gaelic in August 2017. Lauren volunteers as a mentor for Mentor Uist and Barra. She was awarded a commendation for her work by the Scottish Mentoring Network in November 2016. She is also a member of Còisir Ghàidhlig Uibhist.
Teacher by profession and crofter in practice. Member of the local Deer Management Group. Researcher with locality team on Lyme’s Disease. Piper and tradition bearer from the MacMhuirich (Currie) family. Parent and active member of the community.