Fiona joined KLCT in September 2020 and is passionate about the benefits of community identity and engagement. She brings a wealth of experience and focus from work with previous organisations relating to social regeneration and sustainable growth in both urban & rural settings. Fiona will lead KLCT to work in partnership with the Kyle & Lochalsh Communities.
Contact email: Fiona.Wellings@lochalsh.uk
Finance & Administration Officer
Karen has been working on a temporary contract with the Trust, organising the Virtual Events and helping to provide content for the newsletter, so will fit in quickly and easily to the team. She is joining KLCT at an exciting time of both consolidation and expansion. As the dedicated Finance and Administration officer who also has a remit to support the board of KLCT will be a crucial role within the organisation as it expands and grows.
Contact email: Admin@lochalsh.uk
Lochalsh Community Development Officer
Susan joined KLCT in 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus Covid-19 global pandemic. Her immediate focus was therefore to help KLCT to create and operate a robust Lochalsh Community Response to the crisis. Susan’s wider role within the organisation is to coordinate KLCT’s ‘Lochalsh Collaboration’ project and wider community consultation efforts and, in time, carry this work forward into project development. Susan lives on Skye and brings a wealth of experience from her previous close involvement with the Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative.
Facilities & Operations Manager
James is a Project Management professional and a registered Prince-2 Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience of managing Diverse Projects and Multi-disciplinary teams for Major organisations such as Hewlett Packard, The Bank of Ireland and many others both at the Project/Operations level and Facilities level. He also has a recent background in land management. James grew up in the Kyle and Lochalsh area and returned recently from London to his home town of Kyle of Lochalsh and is delighted to be involved in the exciting projects that the Kyle and Lochalsh Community trust have initiated and planned. James is delighted that his old playground, The Plock, Where many locals spent time and went swimming in the summer is going to be developed and turned into a major attraction for the local community and visitors. James will be delighted to hear from any local people, or indeed non local that have an interest in the Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trusts work. We have recognised that there are many people in the local community that are more than happy to volunteer both for both the Trust and the wider Community and we welcome all that feel they would like to contribute to the fantastic project that is the Plock of Kyle and the wider Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust aims.
I am delighted to be starting as Plock Ranger in January, and look forward to meeting you all in person then. I grew up on a farm in the Scottish Borders and can trace my love of wildlife and the great outdoors back to that time. My parents still farm, but I moved into ecology and wildlife conservation after university, and have most recently worked on South Uist as warden for the RSPB. I love helping people connect to the world around them, and take time to appreciate the wonders of the local wildlife – both the showy species, and the quiet. In my spare time I love walking, camping, horse riding, swimming, writing and crafting.
Contact email: Heather.Beaton@lochalsh.uk
Outdoor Learning & Wellbeing Officer
Judith joined KLCT in December 2020 and is based at the Plock. Judith will deliver programmes of formal and informal environmental activities for a wide range of audiences, encouraging and supporting others to enjoy the benefits of fresh air and the wonders of our natural environment. She is passionate about providing opportunities for all to engage with, explore and enjoy the environment in a fun and meaningful way.
Contact email Judith.Bullivant@lochalsh.uk
Viking Living Village Officer
Matthew Withey has been working in museums for more than twenty years – with successful stints at the National Galleries of Scotland, the Henry Moore Institute, Abbotsford: the home of Sir Walter Scott and the Bronte Parsonage Museum. He managed the curatorial teams at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and the Highland Folk Museum, and most recently has been working in fundraising and development across northern Scotland on behalf of the charity Music in Hospitals & Care. He has long-standing interests in Scottish history and traditional construction and crafts, has lectured at the University of Leeds and the Open University, and carried out academic research for Glasgow School of Art, English Heritage and the University of Glasgow. Matthew is a Glaswegian, but has traced his family lineage back to 17th century Skye
Contact email: Matthew.Withey@lochalsh.uk