Meet our Staff
Tina, Yvonne, Heather, Morven, Ewan, Megan and Joe
Community Engagement and Development Officer
Tina, from TLC + Associates joined us in April 2018, in her role of Community Engagement and Development Officer, she has a strong background in community development and rural enterprise having worked for a number of organisations including community trusts, development companies and rural businesses. Tina, originally from Lancashire moved to Ullapool 20 years ago and has a background in business development, community facilitation and project management.
Community Engagement & Development Officer
Yvonne has lived in Ullapool for 29 years and is originally from Edinburgh. She has been a Youth Worker in Ullapool for over 20 years and continues to coordinate and develop youth services across the Ullapool High School catchment area. Having previously run the local community centre and theatre she is pleased to say that community Learning and development are at the heart of all projects which include adult learning and intergenerational activities too. Yvonne is pleased to join the team and brings with her a wealth of community development experience.
Heather has lived in Elphin for 3 years, and is originally from the Black Country town of Wednesbury in the West Midlands. She is also a part-time Support Worker and a Social Care Worker in Ullapool and is enjoying helping people in close-knit communities. Before this, she worked for 24 years in local authority governance, scrutiny and democracy, and is delighted to be able to put her committee, business support, project management and policy advisory skills to good use in her role with the G&DDC.
Activate Garve & District Project Co-ordinator
Morven was born and brought up in Ullapool and after working in various locations all over the UK, she returned to her home in 2010. She has over 20 years experience in HR, training & development and is someone that is passionate about the communities, landscape and services in the Highlands. Morven believes in every person having ability and deserving the opportunity to learn and grow at their pace, in their way. Morven, having previously run our SCVO DigiHub Project, joins us again to take forward our Activate Garve & District Project so you will be seeing and hearing a lot more from her.
Ewan was born in Dingwall but educated in Sweden and currently lives, full-time on his croft in Scoraig. He has first hand knowledge working for many years as a builder and joiner in the Edinburgh and Lothians area upgrading homes with both traditional and modern materials and a broad knowledge of renewable heating systems, solar panels, pellet stoves and heat pumps.
Living off-grid on Scoraig, he realises the importance of working closely with his local community and neighbours to improve and develop homes and transport systems. Relying on wind and solar for our energy production and timber harvested from locally grown trees for heating, he understands the challenges of moving toward a low carbon future.
Community Janitor (Volunteer)
Joe has lived in Achnasheen for the past 9 years and is an active member of his community. Experienced in hall management, from 1996-2004 Joe was a Sargent Instructor for the Army Cadets and ran two Territorial Army Halls. His responsibilities included cleaning, DIY repairs and setting up for various meetings. One of the halls also included responsibility for a large kitchen and a number of Billets “Dormitories” - Joe was also in charge of the Mess Hall too. He also worked for the Forres Academy and was responsible for setting up assembly and dinner halls. So, lots of experience in community facilities management.
As an artist, Joe loves to work with stone in terms of sculpture and carving and sells his bespoke pieces from the Torridon Art Gallery and his own business page on Facebook. Alongside his many talents, Joe achieved his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and can now train others to achieve Bronze and Silver awards. A qualified Ski Instructor and Mountaineering Guide he is qualified to take up to 15 people on the hill.
Joe really wants to be part of the Covid19 recovery effort saying he “would dearly love to do his bit for the community” and The Garve & District Development welcome him to the Covid19 Response and Recovery Team.
Community Recovery and Response Coordinator
Megan has recently moved back to the area and is enjoying rural life with her dogs and the local walks. Megan also works as a Complementary Therapist freelance and at the Highland Hospice so can use this experience in wellbeing to help to support members of the community during this challenging time. Working with the team and local organisations, Megan can help to support services as they adapt with Covid 19 guidelines. This role is community led and will involve helping with practical issues that individuals and groups are faced with as well as supporting social wellbeing.