Mary Schmöller – Development & Office Manager
After attending Daliburgh School, Mary went on to Inverness Technical College to complete a Secretarial Course then joined the Hotel business for the next 6 years working in Uist, London, Paris and Munich. After starting a family she did some further education before attending Teacher Training College in Eastbourne. On completion of the course she worked for YMCA for 5 years in Youth Training. Mary then moved to Youth & Community Work in East Sussex Youth Service where she worked for 17 years in Eastbourne. She was responsible for several Capital Projects to develop facilities for young people as well as offering 4 evening club sessions across 4 centres in Eastbourne. On redundancy from East Sussex Mary returned to Uist to take over the family croft and has remained in Uist since. She has been employed by Ceòlas since 2003 and has actively contributed to its growth.
Iain MacDonald – Artistic Director
Iain is from Glenuig in Moidart but now lives in Benbecula and has been working
with Ceòlas since 2004. Iain has been involved in music and the arts all his life. He started out as co-founder of the first Gaelic Repertory Theatre Co ‘Fir Chlis’ based in Harris in the Western Isles. He then went on to act and play in different Theatre companies and bands including 7;84, Ossian, Battlefield Band, Wolfstone etc.. and has travelled all over the world with them until he came off the road in 1997 and spent 6 years as Musician-in-Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye. As well as working with Ceòlas he also tutors at Lews Castle College UHI, in Benbecula.
Peggy Ann MacMillan – Administrator
Peggy Ann MacMillan was brought up on the Island of Eriskay and lives in Frobost in South Uist with her husband and three children. She attended Cardonald College where she gained an NC in childcare and education. She has been working in Daliburgh School as a learning support auxiliary for the last 11 years and works with Ceòlas as an administration assistant and bookkeeper.
Liam Alastair Crouse – Gaelic Media and Communications Officer
Liam is originally from Rhode Island and came to Scotland in 2008 to study Celtic and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He has a postgraduate degree in Publishing and has worked in the private and public sectors, including at Bòrd na Gàidhlig in 2016-17. He possess an understanding of Gaelic development nationally and works to increase the amount of Gaelic online from Ceòlas and other Uist groups. The post is funded by our core funders and by the Scottish Government and European Community LEADER programme for Innse Gall.
Sorcha Monk – Dance Development Officer
Sorcha has returned to Uist after nearly 15 years on the Mainland in order to coordinate Ceòlas’ dance activity. She has numerous years’ experience working on both professional and community-based dance projects, having most recently worked at Dance House Glasgow as Programme Manager.
Catherine Yeatman – Project Manager (Cnoc Soilleir)
Dr Rebecca Rennell – Implementation Manager (on maternity leave)
Dr Rebecca Rennell joined the Ceòlas team in 2013 to manage the development of the proposed new Ceòlas centre in partnership with Lews Castle College UHI. Rebecca lives in South Uist and is an archaeology lecturer at the UHI network, based in Benbecula.
Rebecca conducted her doctoral research while studying at University College London, where she also completed BA and MA degrees in archaeology. This doctoral research included an extensive archaeological field survey of the cultural landscape between Barra and the Butt of Lewis.