Staff

Mary Schmöller - Development and Operations Manager at Ceòlas
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.

Iain the Whaler
Peigi Ann Nic'IlleMhaoil
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.

Frank McConnell – Integration Manager

Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties and little interest in the arts. After graduating from Jordanhill College, he trained with Royston Maldoom and the Arts in Fife, where he cultivated a deep interest in creativity, the Arts and education in its broadest sense.  He has performed and collaborated with many theatre companies, most notably Communicado and has been commissioned by several dance and opera companies.  In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.  He is the founder of three significant dance companies in Scotland:  Dundee Rep Dance Co (now Scottish Dance Theatre);  Dannsa (a traditional dance collective); and his own company – the highly acclaimed plan B, which he directed for almost thirty years before it closed in 2019.  

Frank on tour with Dannsa
Shona Masson with fiddle
Shona Masson – Gaelic Officer

Shona is from Kingsburgh on the Isle of Skye and has been involved in traditional music from a young age, playing fiddle and piano. She attended the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton for her final school year, and after a year’s study at Sabhal Mòr she took out an MA in Gaelic at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in Gaelic in Glasgow at organisations such as the University of Glasgow’s Gaelic Initiative, DASG and An Lòchran, as well as teaching and playing for Fèisean and events across Scotland. Before moving to Uist she was Assistant Producer at Caledonia TV in Glasgow where she worked on Gaelic TV programmes such as Fuine, Sàr-Sgeòil, Dealbhan Fraoich and Mach À Seo. She has also presented an episode of Trusadh and the upcycling series ‘Dreach Ùr’.