The Isle Martin Trust board is made up of volunteers elected at the AGM and the board can then co-opt further directors (up to a maximum of 15).
Current Members of the Board are:
Lesley Strachan: I moved to Ullapool from Glasgow in 1995 to take up the post of Teacher of Art & Design at the High School here. The idea was to stay for 2 years….and here I am – still in Lochbroom and still teaching Art. I have been a member of the Trust since the early days of the handover from the RSPB and over the years have enjoyed taking part in work days on the island and we spent a magical weekend celebrating my husband’s 50th birthday there with friends and family. Over the past 4 years I have seen the island really regenerate in terms of community accessibility with a regular Summer ferry service established ,and opportunities for learning and environmental engagement for school pupils, conservation groups, scientists, historians and ecologists. The island is now an easily accessed, peaceful destination for retreat and reflection ; something I think is highly valuable. The island as an ideal place of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians and through being on the board, I hope to help continue working towards a sustainable future for this special place.
Lisa MacDonald: Lisa MacDonald is a writer, singer, teacher, PhD student and crofter who lives in Achiltibuie with her family.Her deep investment in place and community, both local and in a wider sense, takes many forms: from conducting the local Gaelic choir and speaking or singing at local events to serving on boards and committees and linking with wider political and philosophical movements, she draws strength from connections and shared concern.
Robbie McFedries: I moved to Ullapool in 2014 to take up the post of Head Teacher at the High School. My first real experience of the Island was witnessing the Litorral Art Project with the artist Julia Barton, where some of the school pupils brought litter ashore, towed in lines behind a skiff. It was a surprisingly beautiful sight but brought home to me as well the importance of looking after our coastlines. I then went to an Isle Martin meeting where I realised there were wonderful opportunities for all sorts of learning for our young people on the island. I hope over the coming years to be able to help make this happen.
Sheila Mitchell: Treasurer: I moved to the Lochbroom area in 2014 and Isle Martin Trust was one of the first local groups I became involved in. I was asked to be Treasurer and was initially reluctant but a visit to the island soon changed my mind – it is a beautiful peaceful place and I have been Treasurer ever since. I work across the water at Wester Ross Fisheries and for Garve Development Company when I’m not busy on island work. It has been a joy to see all the hard work to get the island tidied up by the volunteers come to fruition, and to see local people visiting again and enjoying their community-owned island.