Sandy Ogilvie

Chairman

Sandy lives in Valtos. He moved to Staffin in 2010 to have the mountains at his back and the sea to his front. He has spent all his adult life and a large part of his childhood passionately involved in climbing and mountaineering. Sandy was a previous office holder with the British Mountaineering Council and a founder owner of the specialist climbing and mountaineering retailer UrbanRock. He has spent a lifetime scouring the four corners of the planet for steep bits of earth to explore and climb – you could say climbing and mountaineering has played a significant part in his life. Sandy would say that doesn’t come close.
He can now be found down at the Staffin Slip running his wildlife and fishing tours aboard his charter boat Namara. Sandy became SCT chairman in 2016 taking over from Donald MacDonald.
 

Angus Ross

Treasurer

Angus, a crofter and retired secondary/primary school teacher, was one of the founding members of the SCT more than 20 years ago. Angus, who lives in Ellishadder, said he wanted the SCT to help Staffin build on its strengths and take the lead in economic improvements for the community. He has the challenging job of monitoring the SCT’s financial incomings and outgoings, which is no easy task given the scale of some of its projects, as he ensures the books are balanced. 

 

Roddy Gillies

Director

Roddy, is one of two Leodhasachs on the board and along with many of his fellow countrymen worked in London’s building industry from the 1960s onwards. Roddy, who lives in Digg, joined SCT as a director in May 2014 and is a respected and experienced builder having previously been based in Inverness. A keen fisherman in his spare time Roddy has a particular interest in the Staffin Slipway development.

Donald MacDonald

Director

Donald MacDonald’s family has lived for six generations on a Staffin croft in Glasphein where Donald grows vegetables, raises livestock and keeps bees today. Since 1993, Donald has been managing director of the Aros Centre in Portree, where he employs 39 members of staff. He is a board member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and his past chairmanships include Comunn na Gàidhlig and Pròiseact nan Ealan. Donald was a founder member of SCT whose original projects included the upgrading of Staffin Slipway, indigenous tree planting, historical research and a GIS place-names study. 

 

 

Gordon Higgins

Director

Gordon enjoyed a long and rewarding career in youth development and children’s services in local authorities in Ayrshire and Argyll, with a particular aptitude for funding and community development. The Fifer moved to Trotternish Avenue in 2011 with his wife Wendy and joined SCT because he wanted to become involved in the local community. An experienced marathon runner and walker he has a particular interest in the extension of the Skye Ecomuseum, Ceumannan II, and is a member of the SCT’s sub-group working hard on the ambitious project. Gordon works as a consultant for the Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative in Sleat and Counselling Care Skye & Lochalsh and has helped secure vital funding for both of those community organisations.

Ian MacDonald

Director

Ian, who is from Digg, has served on the SCT for more than three years. After leaving school he spent four years in the fishing industry, followed by 20 years in the North Sea. Ian now runs his own business, mostly in construction and agricultural industry services. He has a keen interest in local history, traditional Gaelic, music and language. A crofter and keen sheepdog competitor Ian has helped run the hugely successful Staffin Sheepdog Trials at Ellishadder backed by a small army of helpers. The annual event has not only drawn in extra visitors to Staffin but has raised thousands of pounds for a local cancer charity over the years. 

Dugald Ross

Director

Dugald, who lives in Ellishadder, first established the Staffin Museum in 1976 when he was only 19-years-old. He has a rich source of knowledge about the Trotternish peninsula’s history, archaeology, landscape and geology. Since Skye’s first dinosaur find in 1982, Dugald has been involved with local research that continues to identify dinosaur remains.  In 2002, the discovery of Middle Jurassic tracks which showed the footprints of an adult dinosaur with young has attracted international interest.  More recently, in 2013, several dinosaur finds were made which are currently being analysed. Dugald’s stone-walled museum has gone from strength to strength and attracts thousands of people a year. Dugald played a leading role in the creation of the Skye Ecomuseum in Staffin in 2009 and is a key member of the group tasked with the current project which is looking to extend it. 

Sìne Gillespie

Secretary

Sìne has connections with Lewis and Islay but has lived in Skye since 1985. Through her work with Lasair (Iomairt an Eilein Sgitheanaich) she delivers Gaelic-medium activities to young Skye people. Examples are The John Muir Award and the musical tuition project, Èist. Along with others she has been instrumental in shaping Ceumannan, Skye’s Ecomuseum. Sìne is keenly aware of the tremendous growth in recent years of visitors to north Skye. She is firmly behind efforts to deliver a warm welcome, good food, comfort and accommodation along with generous spirited interaction and interpretation, so that people who take the trouble to visit may have a meaningful experience in the landscape and community of Staffin. She is keen to address the shortcomings in car parking and toilet provision at landmark visitor sites. 

Martin Farquhar

Director

Martin lives in Ellishadder with wife Andrea and their daughter, with their older son studying overseas.
The family moved to Staffin three years ago after Martin retired as a prison governor.
He had worked in 10 prisons across England over 26 years. Born and brought up in London his family originally came from Banffshire.
Martin established a chimney sweep business in 2014 and is busy across the island and Lochalsh, which has enabled him to get to know the community and the people better. He also runs a consultancy business focusing on human rights compliant Rule of Law structures in conflict zones and fragile environments.
Martin is interested in all aspects of the Staffin community and its history. He is currently trying to lean Gaelic and working on his croft as well. He joined the SCT board at its AGM in October 2016. Martin is keen to take an active role in the sympathetic development and improvement of the local infrastructure though SCT projects.

 

  

Hugh Ross

Development Officer

Hugh is the SCT local development officer. The post is funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise through its Community Account Programme. Hugh, who is from Garafad, works for SCT on most of its major projects and is in close contact with the directors, local residents and other key Staffin organisations/businesses, plus the public and private sector. He is the SCT’s day-to-day link with the community and is based in the centre of Staffin, with his door always open to local residents.

Angus Murray

Ecomuseum Programme Manager

Angus Murray is the programme manager for the Skye Ecomuseum. Angus, who previously worked for Museum and Tasglann nan Eilean in the Western Isles and hails from Benbecula, will manage a wide-ranging activities programme for the project. It includes a new curriculum resource to be developed for Skye primary schools, children’s craft and storytelling events, health walks for older residents, archaeology/wildlife events/workshops, a local history society, a walking festival, business forum, guided walks and tours, etc. He will also manage the Ecomuseum’s re-branding and marketing and the design and delivery of the project’s digital and physical interpretation. Angus is based at the SCT office. skyeecomuseum@gmail.com or 01470 562 464