Our Employees

Fiona Wellings

Fiona Wellings

Trust Manager

iona 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 

Karen MacRae

Karen MacRae

Finance & Administration Officer

Karen had been working on a temporary contract with the Trust to help with Lochalsh Community Response. She is joined the main KLCT team in 2020 as the dedicated Finance and Administration officer.  She has experience in the Third Sector and a qualified accounts technician so will bring much experience to this  role within the organisation as it expands and grows.

Contact email: admin@lochalsh.uk 

Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Lochalsh Community Development Officer

Susan joined KLCT in 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Her immediate focus was to help KLCT to create and operate a robust Lochalsh Community Response to the crisis. Her main focus is now to coordinate KLCT’s ‘Lochalsh Collaboration’ project.  Susan lives on Skye and brings a wealth of experience from her previous close involvement with the Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative.

Contact: susan.walker@lochalsh.uk

James Whittle

James Whittle

Facilities & Operations Manager

James joining in 2021 and is a Project Management professional, a registered Prince-2 Practitioner with over 30 years’ experience of Project/Operations and Facilities management.  James grew up in the Kyle and Lochalsh area and returned recently from London.  He is delighted to be involved in the exciting projects that the Kyle and Lochalsh Community trust have initiated and planned for his ‘old playground’.

Contact: james.whittle@lochlash.uk

Heather Beaton

Heather Beaton

Ranger

Heather started as Plock Ranger in January 2021.  She grew up on a farm in the Scottish Borders and can traces her love of wildlife and the great outdoors back to that time. Her parents still farm, but she moved into ecology and wildlife conservation after university, and most recently worked on South Uist as warden for the RSPB. She loves helping people connect to the natural world around them, and take time to appreciate the wonders of the local wildlife.

Contact email: heather.beaton@lochalsh.uk

Judith Bullivant

Judith Bullivant

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

Matthew Withey

Matthew Withey

Viking Living Village Officer

Matthew started in January 2021 and has been working in museums for more than twenty years, with stints at the National Galleries of Scotland and the Henry Moore Institute to name a few. He has long-standing interests in Scottish history, traditional construction and crafts, has lectured at the Universities, carried out much academic research. Matthew is a Glaswegian, but has traced his family lineage back to 17th century Skye.

Contact email: Matthew.Withey@lochalsh.uk

Annie Penrod

Annie Penrod

Community Food Coordinator

Annie started working for KLCT on a temporary basis in 2020 through Lochalsh Community Response.  She helped set up the community fridge.  KLCT secured funding to continue and expand her post until November 2022.  Annie hopes to secure a permanent home for the Community Fridge and expand it by developing recipe cards and cookery classes; and setting up community food growing projects in 3 areas of Lochalsh where land can be identified.

Contact email: annie.penrod@lochalsh.uk

Our Trustees

Maggie Byrne

Maggie Byrne

Chair Person

Maggie has lived in Plockton since 2004 but also  between 1981 and ‘89, before she and her family moved to Inverness where she joined the BBC. She spent 20 years as a senior editor at BBC Scotland.  Since 2009, has worked as an executive and leadership coach and facilitator. She chaired the Board  of MG Alba, which runs BBC Alba in partnership with the BBC from 2012 to 2018.  She has been a member of Ofcom’s Content Board since 2018. She was a founding Board member and deputy Chair of Sistema Scotland, a charity which transforms life through music, from 2007 till the end of 2019.  She is deputy Chair of Columba 1400, a charity which is based in Staffin.  

She is the facilitator for the Sir Lewis Ritchie Implementation Steering Group, which is a co-production between NHS Highland, other public agencies and the community of North Skye, to provide an enhanced health and social care service for the area.  

Tristan Southall

Tristan Southall

Trustee

Tristan lives in Plockton and has been a resident of Lochalsh since 2005. He is a freelance marine science consultant. He has served on various local community committees – from clubs to Community Council and has been involved in consultation events and successful funding applications. He also has experience of reviewing community funding applications as a member of Highland LEADER Strathpeffer, Wester Ross and Lochalsh Local Action Group.

David O'Donnell

David O'Donnell

Trustee

David previously worked as an employee at KLCT as finance and administration assistant.  David kindly joined the board as a trustee in late 2020 to offer his wealth of knowledge about the Trust and also offer his skills.

He lives in Broadford, on the beautiful Isle of Skye. He serves an active role in his community as a community councillor. He has an academic background in business management and is a former student of our local West Highland College UHI.  He enjoyed his time so much as a student he became a member of staff!

Charlene Maguire

Charlene Maguire

Trustee

Charlene has lived in Kyle all her life and is well known throughout Lochalsh. She is the manager at Lochalsh Leisure Centre where she has worked for over 20 years. Charlene has been on various committees over the years and having grown up in Kyle is very passionate about happens in the area. She hopes that with her connection to the Leisure Centre she can help contribute to making Kyle and Lochalsh a place that people want to be.