Harris Tweed - The Orb
Harris Tweed
Labels Policy and Brand Use Rules

The role of the Harris Tweed Authority is to protect and promote the Harris Tweed brand and reputation. We neither make Harris Tweed cloth nor sell Harris Tweed items. To ensure that you help preserve the quality of the brand, it is essential that you read the Labels Policy and Brand Use Rules when using Harris Tweed.

Our Role

Guardians of the Orb

Harris Tweed Authority

The Act of Parliament in 1993 brought into being the Harris Tweed Authority, a new statutory body, replacing the Harris Tweed Association originally set up in 1909.

In accordance with the Act, Harris Tweed cloth must be: “Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides.”

The Act ensures that all cloth certified with the Harris Tweed Orb symbol complies with this definition.

This legislation – alongside the work of the Harris Tweed Authority – allows the safeguarding of the Harris Tweed name, quality and reputation.

Coat of Arms

Lorna Macaulay

CEO, Harris Tweed Authority

“The role of the Harris Tweed Authority is to promote and maintain the authenticity, standard and reputation of the world famous Harris Tweed cloth. We oversee the production and inspection of the cloth from start to finish. Only when satisfied that the article is genuinely deserving of our historic Orb will we brand the cloth with the certification mark.

The mark of the Orb, also found on the traditional label affixed to finished items, guarantees the highest quality tweed - dyed, spun and handwoven by islanders of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland in their homes to the laws outlined in the Harris Tweed Act of Parliament.”

Lorna Maculay CEO Harris Tweed
Lorna Maculay CEO Harris Tweed

The Board

Harris Tweed Authority

The Harris Tweed Authority Board is made up of volunteers who understand the vital role of the Harris Tweed Authority in protecting the Harris Tweed industry as a sustainable part of the local economy.

Norman L MacDonald – Chairman

Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants and in business on the island for 40 years, Norman has been on the HTA Board since 1999. He has served as a local authority councillor and Stornoway Port Authority member and sees the Harris Tweed industry as a sustainable part of the local economy.

Alasdair Macleod – Vice Chair

Alasdair is the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar representative on the Board. A member of the Highlands & Islands Joint Valuation Board, Comunn na Gaidhlig, An Lanntair and advisor to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, he is committed to developing the language and culture of the Western Isles.

Ian Minty

Ian has lived in Lewis since 1983 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was responsible for Professional Development & Teacher Education at the University of the Highlands and Islands for 15 years.

Catriona Stewart

Catriona worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland, as an office bearer on various clubs and associations and served as local authority Councillor and on the Western Isles Children’s Panel. She is now Chairperson of the Education and Children’s Services Committee.

Eilidh Macleod

Eilidh works in news journalism for MG Alba. Born in Inverness and raised in Wester Ross, she moved to her father’s native island, Lewis. She studied at Glasgow University and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and worked for musical artistes including Elton John and Eric Clapton.

Rachel Mackay

Rachel Mackay is a Production Co-ordinator with a Glasgow-based independent TV company. She comes from Stornoway and maintains close links with the island. Rachel's passion is for language, culture and fashion. She is a strong lobbyist for the survival of the Gaelic language and protection of the unique culture of the Outer Hebrides and brings an articulate youth voice to our organisation.

Margaret Mackay

Maggie, from South Dell, is Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant and a partner with Anderson Macarthur Solicitors in Stornoway. She is a former member of Ness Community Council and Company Director of Galson Community Owned Estate Trust and currently Chair of Iomairt Ghaidhlig Iar Thuath Leodhais.

Angus Maclennan

Angus Maclennan, who hails from the village of Govig on the west side of Harris, is employed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar as Head Teacher of e-Sgoil (translates as e-School), an innovative digital educational project based here in the Outer Hebrides. Angus brings to the HTA experience of management and leadership, national educational contacts and Gaelic language skills.

Rae Mackenzie

Rae is a local authority appointment on the Harris Tweed Authority Board. Prior to his retirement, Rae has enjoyed a long and successful career in sales and marketing within the Harris Tweed® industry over some 40 years. Rae intimately appreciates the importance of the Harris Tweed® sector to the island economy and the importance of high quality promotion of the cloth.

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