Staff & Directors

Community Development Officer

 

Carol Masheter: Born and brought up in Lower Strathglass, Carol moved away to attend University in Birmingham. She then went on to become a Development Officer  working for Local Authorities in Wolverhampton, Cheshire and Staffordshire. She returned to the Highlands in 2008.  Since coming back to the Highlands, Carol has gained experience in the environment and sustainability sector and has worked on a number of community initiatives both for Ross-shire Waste Action Network and Highland Environmental Network.

 

 

Board of Directors – Soirbheas Ltd

 

Alan JamesAlan James – Director & Chair: Alan has lived in Glen Urquhart since 2001 and works as a consultant in the UK Energy Industry. Over the past 7 years he has been working in low carbon energy developments incorporating Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in thermal power plant, prior to that he worked in the North Sea oil and gas industry. As a geologist, Alan is very aware of climate change through the geological past and the consequences of that change for the future. This drives his interest in low carbon technologies such as CCS and renewable energy. Alan is keen to support Sorbheas in its goal to build community benefit from local renewable energy schemes.

 

Russell FraserRussell Fraser – Director: Born and lived in Glen Urquhart almost all of his life, Russell attended Balnain Primary and Glen Urquhart Secondary School. Self-employed as a massage therapist but also runs an online sports store. He now lives in Pitkerrald, Drumnadrochit with his wife Dianne and son Craig. Russell joined Soirbheas with a background in various community organisations and recognised the benefits that could be brought to both communities through Soirbheas. He hopes that Soirbheas can enhance both Strathglass and Glen Urquhart communities for this and future generations.

 

Louise MacDonald

Louise MacDonald – Director: Louise was born and brought up in Glen Urquhart. Having trained as a Primary Teacher, she worked in Uist for several years before returning to Glen Urquhart. She now lives in Balnain and works in a local primary school. Louise hopes that Soirbheas can support the local community groups in making a real, long-lasting difference to life in Glen Urquhart and Strathglass.

 

 

Peter Wilkies – Director:  Peter is a retired GP who still works with NHS Highland helping people with mental health problems.

Fraser Mackenzie – Director: Fraser is a fluent Gaelic speaker who lives in Drumnadrochit.   He was an English Teacher/Principal Teacher of Guidance from 1974 to 2011 and has been Treasurer at Glen Urquhart Shinty Club since 1976 and Vice Chairman of the Glen Urquhart Highland Games since 1982.   In addition he has been editor of the Glen Urquhart Bulletin since 1999, is a freelance journalist/broadcaster and is a shinty correspondent for a national newspaper. Fraser is also an authority of Highland cairns and monuments.

Jack Meredith – Director: Jack moved to Drumnadrochit in 1987. He qualified as a Barrister in 1997 and as a Project Manager in 2011. During his career in the Energy Industry he served as a trustee, director and compliance supervisor on several corporate and pension boards. He has now retired from full-time employment and dedicates some time to support various community groups.

Non Director

Eric TrelferErik Trelfer – Secretary: Erik has lived in Glen Urquhart for almost 20 years and works as a Chartered Insurance Broker. Erik is involved in the community of Glenurquhart as Clerk to the Congregational Board of Urquhart & Glenmoriston Church of Scotland and Youth group team member. For a number of years Erik has been interested in renewable energy and saw this as an ideal opportunity to get involved in a suitable project. He believes if we accept windfarms and power lines, then we should secure some of the wealth they generate and plough it back for the benefit of the community (in the way Shetland have with oil). This partnership in a small windfarm is a tremendous opportunity for the community to secure a long term income stream and enable it to become more self sufficient and independent.

 

Board of Directors – Soirbheas Trading Ltd

Andrew Castell – Director: Andrew is a Strathglass resident. He is a partner in Par Equity LLP, an Edinburgh-based venture capital firm and is also a non-executive director of Highlands & Islands Airports Limited. His interest in Soirbheas stems from his belief that projects of this type can help draw together communities in the Highlands. He also has a professional interest in the renewable energy sector, as one of Par Equity’s key areas of focus is sustainability, which includes renewable energy.

Erik Trelfer – Director: See above.

Jim Barr – Director:  Jim is also a Director of the Camanachd with responsibility for Finance and Coaching and involved in the Abriachan Forest Trust.

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