Office Bearers

Development Officer/ Project Worker

Gillian Davies
Gallan Beag,
Aird

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with the Gallan Head Community Trust.  I moved to the Isle of Lewis in 1998 after graduating from the business school at the Universtiy of Strathclyde.  I now live in Aird’s neighbouring villlage of Crowlista with my husband and our two children who attend the local primary school.   I am impressed by what the Trust has achieved so far and excited about the potential of what can be done at Gallan Head – ,the positive impact that can be made on my community and its future.  I bring to the job a strong track record in planning and fundraising for community projects, and experience in tourism marketing and establishing and administrating a successful business.

Treasurer

Fiona L’Estrange
West View,
Aird

Fiona has two teenage children and a very busy life doing several jobs in islands tradition, as well as being a keen artist.  Fiona is currently capitalising on her qualifications and experience in catering management to establish and run the successful cafe, “The Edge” for the Trust in our community hub, Gallan Beag.  Fiona has an MBA and business management experience.

Trustees

Gallan Head Community Trust was established in September 2014 by the small and very remote community of Aird Uig on the Isle of Lewis.

Jill Smith

Monte Rosa, Aird

Jill is an artist and writer. Was a performance artist when known as Jill Bruce. Has long experience in all aspects of running small self- employed businesses, organising and running exhibitions, dealing with customers and selling. Also had 7 years as market and social research interviewer, training and supervising. Experience as a volunteer firefighter, secretary of craft’s organisation; currently on committee of Commun Eachdraidh Uig as well as GHCT and volunteers in Uig Museum. Home educated my fourth child up to the age of thirteen.

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Anna Graham

The Billet, Aird

 

I have lived in Aird for over 5 years now and have nurtured a strong bond with the land and local community. I would like to see this land being used in a sustainable way that benefits people and surrounding environment.

Things I actively enjoy in life are Herbalism, Veterinary Herbalism, Permaculture, Animal Husbandry, growing food, home brewing, natural crafts and night time walks! I am an advocate on environmental protection, sustainability, reuse/creative recycling and healing the bonds between land, people’s and wildlife.

I would like to offer my skills and experience of successfully growing local produce, by combining contemporary and innovative ways with traditional working techniques. This is a challenge in such a raw and powerful environment. Now with acquisition of the land, the local community has the opportunity to do this.

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Norman Regler

Taigh Cluaran, Aird

Educated to Technician/ Engineer level, I worked in Heavy Engineering, specializing in solid/fluid separation equipment until the age of 50. Since then, after spending eight years at Art Schools, have devoted my time to the Arts. I have worked and lived in many areas of the UK and overseas.
Ken Sullivan
The Billet, Aird

I am on the board because I feel that land should be owned and used by the people that live there, and that it is best cared for by those that have a relationship with it.

In these challenging times, there is a lot we can learn from nature and one of the best ways is through interaction and listening. This is something I would like to see shared with the wider public. Using technology in different ways with low impact development on the stunning location of the Gallan Head, a place truly elemental.

I am a trained Environmental Scientist. My passions and hobbies include community, Herbalism, Permaculture, wildlife, poetry, Env. activism and food fermentation. I would like to use my knowledge and skills to bring an ecological mindset to our community. Addressing issues of waste, renewable energy, food production and ecological awareness.

Alison Tyler - Secretary

Alison is a co-opted Board member, living in a neighbouring village a few miles from Aird where she has raised her family of three children.  Alison is an ecologist by profession, and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the Trust.

Steve Mason

Number 4, Aird

Steve has lived in Aird for many years, he is a crofter with many other hats !, he drives the community bus, is clerk of Aird Uig grazings committee, chair of Uig Development Trust and is a director of Uig Community Co-op.

 

Our Vision

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Trustees

Gallan Head is preserved and shared as a place of great natural and historical interest in a wild, remote and unspoiled but accessible environment.

That the Cetus Observatory is renowned by astronomers, naturalists, artists, historians and educationalists as a place of learning, inspiration, and respite. The restoration of the land and the sustainable development of the observatory are acclaimed as exemplars of community ownership and community enterprise.

Our Aims

  1. To create jobs
  2. To attract new families to settle in Aird and or Uig
  3. To create interest, enjoyment and education and learning opportunities for thousands of people every year
  4. To generate revenue for the community which enables Gallan Head Community Trust to pursue its Purposes
  5. To protect, preserve and conserve our natural environment, our heritage and our way of life.
  6. To make a substantial contribution to the sustainable economic well-being of Uig

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