I have lived on Skye for 20 years. I was educated in a boarding school in the south of England then studied Rural Land Management at Agricultural college and became a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent.
With a growing interest in developing countries and different cultures I moved to Africa, working in different countries – Swaziland, Burundi and Mozambique amongst others. My work gradually evolved from natural resource management into economic and small business development.
I first came to Skye in the ‘70s with a passion for climbing and walking. Tourism was very under developed then, hitchhiking was the main mode of travel and often travellers slept by the side of the road! it appears I was “wild camping”).
I remember climbing Sgurr nan Gillian in 1977, standing on the top and saying “out there is the girl of my dreams.” The rest is history.
Returning to the UK in 1998, I was married with 3 children, had a rocking horse made of tropical hardwood and a music collection that no one else seemed to like!
With family in Perth, Mull and Harris, Skye was an obvious central place to live. We were fortunate to find a croft in Edinbane with a couple of old stone byres that we converted into self-catering holiday cottages.
In 2002, I joined the Highland Council to work with small businesses and communities on social and economic development projects. In 2007-08 I studied for a Masters in Financial Management, Operations and Risk at Glasgow Caledonian University and at the beginning of 2018, I started working for SkyeConnect, the Destination Management Organisation for Skye & Raasay.
Skye has been a great place to bring up a family. While they are all away studying just now – Glasgow, Edinburgh and London - they may return one day and to that end my motivation in my work with SkyeConnect is to try to make Skye a great place to live and a memorable place to visit.