UOG STAFF - MEET THE TEAM

Luchd-obrach an Urrais

Lisa Maclean

Lisa Maclean took up post as Commercial Development Manager in November 2010. The role has overall responsibility for all Urras affairs as well as that of the subsidiary companies. Lisa worked across the Highlands and Islands for several years as a self-employed business consultant and as a qualified business coach for the service industry. Lisa has worked in management positions in both the private and public sector and more recently was employed as a Project Manager with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Lisa, originally from Northern Ireland, moved to Edinburgh to study a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, but after several years living and working in Edinburgh, Lisa and her husband (who was born and raised in the Outer Hebrides) decided to move “home” and they are now very settled in the Back area of the island, with their two young sons.

Chief Executive​ | Àrd-oifigear F/T

Christine Amos

Christine Amos was employed in 2019 as Operations Manager. Christine’s main responsibilities include supporting staff to develop and deliver programmes of events and activities; the management of office admin; HR; finance admin, etc. Christine also oversees the amenity centre in Habost. Prior to being employed with UOG, Christine lived and worked in Malaysian Borneo for fifteen years. She ran her own company in adventure tourism specifically expeditions and mountain biking tours. When she moved home to Scotland, she initially worked in the office of Lionel School. Christine has three children and lives in Skigersta.

Operations Manager | Manaidsear Obrachaidh F/T

Neil Mackinnon

Neil Mackinnon joined the Urras staff team in October 2011. Neil was brought up in Harris and Uig. He is a Land Economics graduate from Paisley College and worked initially as a valuation surveyor in the Highlands. He has spent most of his career at Highlands and Islands Enterprise in Stornoway, gaining experience in project management. Neil's role at HIE gave him the opportunity to be instrumental in securing renewable energy manufacturing activity at Arnish Point. He has most recently been employed in Fife Council’s Property Services team and has also runs his own project management consultancy business, Siar Management. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Certified Project Manager.

Development Manager | Manaidsear Leasachaidh F/T

Joanne Matheson

Joanne Matheson works on a part-time basis as Finance Officer for the Urras. She takes care of book-keeping for the charity and the subsidiary companies. Joanne migrated all Urras records to SAGE in 2013. Joanne has been employed by the Urras since July 2007 and lives in Eoropie with her husband and young family. She is a fluent Gaelic speaker.

Finance Officer | Oifigear Ionmhais P/T

Christine Murray

Christine works part-time taking care of the crofting administration. Christine is a very experienced administrator and previously worked at Lews Castle College UHI before taking a career break to bring up her son.  She is a fluent Gaelic speaker and lives in Ness with her husband and young son.

​ Crofting Administrative Officer | Oifigear Rianachd Croitearachd P/T

Mairi Graham

Mairi works part-time on supporting UOG projects and the administration involved in their delivery.  Mairi holds a first class honours degree in International Travel and Tourism Business and is a fluent Gaelic speaker. She lives in Callanish with her husband and their two young sons.

Development Officer | Oifigear Leasachaidh P/T

Lindy Cameron-Saunders

Lindy began consultancy work with the Urras in 2016 where she led our summer Outdoor Sessions in 2016 and 2017. She is now employed part-time as development officer. Lindy works with the Urras and a wide number of other organisations within the estate to help them develop their projects. Lindy was a ranger with Lanarkshire Council before moving to Lewis with her husband and son. 

Development Officer | Oifigear Leasachaidh P/T

Shona Macmillan

Shona joined UOG in September 2018 as Gaelic Development Officer, a 2-year post funded by UOG, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. She works with local organisations and businesses, helping them to use Gaelic in everyday life to strengthen and nurture it and identifying opportunities to work in partnership. She studied Gaelic and Media at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for three years and has worked in Gaelic development since 2013. She is from Doune Carloway but lives in Tolstachaolais. She is the chairperson of Còisir Ghàidhlig Chàrlabhaigh. She has ties to Borve on her father’s side of the family.

Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig | Gaelic Development Officer

Fiona Rennie

Fiona was first employed by UOG in 2016 as part of the ScotGrad Graduate Placement scheme. She carried out a photographic community engagement project - Buntanas; A sense of people and place - as part of the Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 10 year anniversary celebrations. Fiona then returned in 2018 as a Communications Officer carrying out most of the graphic design, marketing and social media management of the organisation. 

Fiona lives in Stornoway with her partner, where she also runs her own photography and graphic design business, Sradag Creative.

Communications Officer | Oifigear Conaltraidh P/T

Jasmine Montgomery Wilkie

Jasmine joined us in the role of Community Media Co-ordinator in November 2019, as part of the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme.  Jasmine’s post is a job share between Fios, our local community newspaper, and Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn.  She ensures that media pertaining to the services and assistance provided by the Galson Estate Trust gains suitable exposure, both locally and further afield, and also provides journalistic and editing support to Fios.  Jasmine holds degrees from the University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews.  Her mother was born in Holm and her Granny in Newmarket.  She lives on the Galson Estate and is interested in walking, language and community heritage.

Community Media Coordinator | Co-òrdanaiche Meadhanan Coimhearsnachd F/T

Christopher Smail

Christopher is originally from Peebles and will be working for the Trust on a range of conservation and land management projects. He previously worked in environmental education and community gardening and holds degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He is an enthusiastic gardener and long-distance runner. Christopher has family connections in Ness and now lives on the estate. 

Development Officer | Oifigear Leasachaidh P/T

Clara Risi

Clara joined the team in 2020 as the Community Ranger for the John Muir Trust, working between the North Harris Trust, West Harris Trust and Galson Estate Trust. Her duties will be varied, from working with volunteer groups, leading guided walks and completing some habitat monitoring work. Clara grew up on the Isle of Wight before moving to Scotland to undertake a BSc in conservation biology at University in Stirling and has been living in Caithness and Sutherland for the past year or so. She has a strong interest in wildlife conservation and the outdoors in general, spending much of my time out walking or looking for wildlife. 

Western Isles Community Ranger | Raonair Coimhearsnachd nan Eilean Siar F/T

Alex John Morrison

Alex John joins the team for a year as Gaelic Development Officer, a post funded by UOG and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, where he will be exploring opportunities to incorporate Gaelic into organisations on the estate and into regular community activities, encouraging its use across the Urras's srategic priorities. He graduated with a BA in Gaelic and Development at Lews Castle College (2020). During that time he worked at Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig for a year and a half. Born and brought up in Barvas. His interests also include sport (football) and music.

Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig | Gaelic Development Officer

Jon Freck

Jon moved to Fivepenny 2 years ago and says he was ‘very fortunate’ to get a job at Habost Amenity Site. Prior to moving to the Galson Estate, he lived in Inverness and was working in the plumbing industry. He has owned a motorcycle business for 15 years and his interests are motorcycling, fishing, learning about croft life and ‘tinkering with anything that has an engine!’

Amenity Site Operative | Obraiche Làraich P/T

Ali Finlayson

Ali is Supervisor at the Habost Amenity Site and lives in Skigersta. Prior to this, he was a fisherman, and also worked at Arnish Fabrication Yard in Stornoway for a number of years.

Amenity Site Supervisor | Neach-aire Làraich

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