Norman L Macdonald is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants and has lived and been in business on the island for 40 years. He has served as a local authority councillor and also been a member of the Stornoway Port Authority. He has been on the Board of the Authority since 1999. Seeing the HARRIS TWEED industry as a sustainable part of the local economy, he views the work of the Harris Tweed Authority in protecting this as vital.
Ian Maciver is a Solicitor in private practice in Stornoway. His mother was a weaver and his father a mill-worker. From 1972 until 1997, he was Secretary to a number of committees involving the principal HARRIS TWEED Producers. Ian has been a Member of the Board since 2007.
Alasdair has been a Comhairle nan Eilean Siar representative on the Board since June 2012. He is also a Member of the Highlands and Islands Joint Valuation Board , Comunn na Gaidhlig, An Lanntair Arts Centre and an advisor to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village in Carloway. He is committed to developing Gaelic language and the culture of the Western Isles and views the HARRIS TWEED industry as an intrinsic part of this.
Dr Calum Macleod is from the Isle of Harris and was appointed to the HTA in 2008. He lives in Bridge of Allan and is an independent consultant specialising in sustainable rural and regional development. Calum has an academic background in public policy analysis and sees a thriving HARRIS TWEED industry as making a vital contribution to the sustainable development of the Western Isles.
Ian is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was responsible for Professional Development and Teacher Education at the University of the Highlands and Islands for 15 years until he retired in 2013. He has lived in Lewis since 1983.
Eilidh was born in Inverness and spent her childhood in Shieldaig in Wester Ross before moving to her fathers native island of Lewis. Eilidh studied at the University of Glasgow, graduating with an Honours Degree in French in 1988. During her studies, Eilidh spent a year in Rennes in Brittany as a teaching assistant at one of the city’s secondary schools.
Following her graduation, Eilidh travelled extensively working for musical artistes including Elton John, Depeche Mode, Eric Clapton and Chris de Burgh. On her return to Scotland, Eilidh completed a media course at the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college in Skye and was successful in securing employment as a BBC journalist. Eilidh now works in news journalism for MG Alba, the channels dedicated Gaelic service.
Catriona spent 10 years working for the Royal Bank in Stornoway after some time studying in Edinburgh and Stornoway. Catriona then took time out of paid employment to raise her family and served during this time as a member of the Community Council in the district of Back on the Isle of Lewis, as an office bearer on various clubs and associations and became a member of the Western Isles Children’s Panel. In 2007, Catriona was elected as a local authority Councillor for the Loch a’ Tuath Ward in Lewis and was subsequently appointed vice-chair of the Education and Children’s Services Committee. Following re-election in 2012, she was appointed Chairperson of the same committee. During both terms Catriona served as one of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s appointed representatives on the Harris Tweed Authority.
Maggie Mackay hails from South Dell in the North of the island and is a qualified Solicitor, graduating from Glasgow University in 2012. Maggie is a partner with Anderson Macarthur Solicitors in Stornoway. Maggie is extremely active in the local community, serving on several community and economic development organisations. She is currently Chair of Iomairt Ghaidhlig Iar Thuath Leodhais (North West Lewis Gaelic Initiative) and a former member of Ness Community Council and a Company Director of Galson Community Owned Estate Trust. Maggie is also Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant.