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The Team

Simon Hart, Director & CEO, has for the past thirty years enjoyed a busy, successful and varied career in the arts. A graduate of the University of Glasgow, the Royal College of Music and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Simon has worked as a classical singer, actor, musical director and singing teacher with leading UK cultural institutions such as Scottish Opera, Dundee Rep, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, RADA and the universities of Queen Margaret, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Before joining Taigh Chearsabhagh, Simon was the artistic director of Puppet Animation Scotland, championing puppetry, visual theatre and animation nationally and internationally primarily through the organisation’s two national festivals, the MANIPULATE Festival and the Puppet Animation Festival.

Andy Mackinnon

Andy Mackinnon, Arts Manager & UistFilm Director, joined forces with Taigh Chearsabhagh initially to produce the Passing Places – The Real Outer Hebrides participatory documentary feature in 2000. He then relocated from Glasgow to Uist, married a Uibhisteach, and has been curating the arts programme at Taigh Chearsabhagh since 2003, presenting high-quality socially engaged exhibitions and residencies with a focus on Uist culture and environment. He has steadily developed the moving image production capabilities at Taigh Chearsabhagh, launching UistFilm in 2013 and producing the acclaimed Gaelic documentary An Dotair Mòr amongst many other projects.

Norman MacLeod

Norman MacLeod, Operations, Retail & Heritage Exhibitions, was born in Lochmaddy North Uist in 1959 and educated in Lochmaddy Primary School, Paible Secondary School and Portree High School. After leaving school he went to Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen where he completed a Diploma in Art and Design. After various jobs which included shot blasting working for a drilling company, and fish farming, he returned to Uist in the early 1990s and was involved in setting up Taigh Chearsabhagh with several other people. He has now worked in various roles for the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust since 1994. During that time he was also a committee member for the Scottish Arts Council for six years.

Susannah Bolton, Gaelic & Communications Officer

Amelia Lane,Administrative & Communications Assistant

Sonja Kenter-Rossi, Finance Officer

Kathleen Dingwall, Shop, Post Office, Front of House & Bookkeeping Assistant

Sorcha Monk, Emerging Creative Producer, Dandelion

Eilidh Johnson, Gaelic & Communications Assistant

Nicola Neate, Print Workshop & Dark Room Technician

Charles Fraser, Building Maintenance

Iain Gordon, Financial Management

Morag MacDonald, Cleaner

Hannah MacDougall, Deputy Cafe Supervisor

Margaret MacDougall, Cafe Supervisor

Alison MacInnes, Shop, Post Office & Front of House Assistant

Holly Moffat-Hardy, Shop, Post Office & Front of House Assistant

Elizabeth Rintoul, Shop & Front of House Assistant

You can contact any of our staff through our online contact form

Board of Directors

Our directors provide Taigh Chearsabhagh with significant knowledge of and experience in the cultural and creative industries sectors and Gaelic language and culture, as well as professional expertise in law, accountancy, marketing and the media etc. Together, they shape Taigh Chearsabhagh’s strategic direction, as well as guide our organisation’s success and sustainability.

Catriona Black grew up in Lochmaddy and has spent most of her working life in North Uist. She is a recently retired teacher and as a native Gaelic speaker has a keen interest in the language as well as local culture and heritage.

Sarah Burry-Hayes is the Coordinator for University Museums in Scotland (UMIS) and has almost 25 years of experience as a communications professional in roles spanning a range of sectors. For the past 15 years, she has worked within the museum sector in Scotland, including 13 years with Museums Galleries Scotland – the Scottish National Development Body for museums, and is a passionate advocate of the impact and importance of Scotland’s museums and heritage. In her spare time, she can be found immersed in interior design and food magazines, avidly stitching her latest craft project or running around after a small child (mostly the latter).

Keith Dawson is a retired clinical neuropsychologist previously specialising in the behavioural sequelae of traumatic brain injury, as well as general neuropsychological diagnostic and treatment services to a broader range of adults with conditions including the dementias, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. He worked as a consultant at both the brain injury service of St Andrew’s hospital for some twelve years and for over ten years for Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board. He also has an interest in mental health issues. He moved to North Uist in 2016.

Josie Gaitens is an arts coordinator, writer and musician who divides her time between Iceland and the Hebrides. She has previously worked for organisations such as Fèis Rois, Celtic Connections and Highland Youth Arts Hub. She is passionate about increasing accessibility within the arts and forging connections between communities both within Scotland and internationally.

Joyce Gilbert graduated with a BSc and PhD in Biochemistry and worked for six years in medical research before, in 1986, changing careers to concentrate on environmental education with a focus on place-responsive and community-based learning while employed by SNH, RSPB Scotland, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and Trees for Life. A qualified primary teacher, Joyce has a passion for youth arts and has served as a trustee with the charity Room 13 International. Joyce also recently completed An Cùrsa Comais at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Archie Maclean is Depute Director of Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Centre of Excellence for Gaelic Language and Culture.  He has responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Quality Assurance, as well as being involved in a range of Gaelic-related community development activities across the Highlands and Islands.

Angus McNab is a civil/structural engineer having worked in engineering consultancy with the same practice, both within the UK and abroad, since graduating in 1974 until his retirement from the partnership in 2011. His experience in development projects covers virtually all sectors and includes many projects in the Western Isles, including the Uist and Barra Hospital, Lochboisdale Harbour Redevelopment, and numerous projects on the military estate. His paternal family is from Skye and his maternal family is from North Uist, where he and his family relocated to live in 1994.

Chloe Steele is born and bred on the Isle of South Uist and is a passionate musician, composer and tutor. Chloe’s time is dedicated to her current work with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, various community music projects and her busy crofting life. She works hard at ensuring the local culture is celebrated, protected and promoted in a way that is inclusive, attractive and promising to the next generation.

Anna Wendy Stevenson moved to Uist in 2006 to teach traditional music at Lews Castle College on Benbecula. Since then, bringing her extensive experience as a professional violinist, composer and educator to the role she has developed a wide range of education and performance opportunities for students and the islands’ communities. As Programme Leader for the award-winning University of the Highlands & Islands BA (Hons) Applied Music course, Anna Wendy supports students and staff throughout the north of Scotland, the UK and internationally. Currently, she is also engaged in research around creative online collaboration and cultural exchange with universities in Senegal.

The Company

Taigh Chearsabhagh is a company limited by guarantee (SC147689), is incorporated under the Companies Act and is subject to the terms and conditions contained in the company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. Taigh Chearsabhagh is a registered Scottish charity (SC022145). Our annual accounts are audited by Chiene & Tait Chartered Accountants, Inverness.