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Our Cause

Our vision is for the North West Highlands to become “a thriving and sustainable rural economy capitalising on the assets and people of the Geopark in partnership with local government, relevant agencies and local businesses”.

Meet the Team

Dr Iain Young
Vice Chair (acting Chair) and Projects Director
“I’m a geologist and have spent 34 years in the global oil and gas industry in a variety of technical and leadership positions. I’m a lifelong devotee of the North West Highlands and believe the Geopark can make a difference to the appreciation of the natural and cultural heritage of the area and so contribute to our local communities.”

 

Ann MacLeod
Community Director for Coigach and Fundraising Director
“The rocks remain for us all to enjoy ! I fell in love with the place at 18 years of age. I see the NWHG UNESCO status as an invaluable asset to the sustainability of the communities living and working in the Geopark.”

 

Murdo MacPherson
Community Director for Kinlochbervie and Communications Director
“As a former geography and history teacher in KLB High School, I have never ceased to be captivated by the communities and environment of our area and wish to help develop the Geopark as a means of giving back to the place where I have been privileged to live for the last 25 years.”

 

Elisabeth Tønsberg
Community Director for Scourie and Stakeholders Director
“Scourie is one of the most beautiful places on the west coast, but it’s also one of the most exciting places, geologically speaking. It is a joy being on the Geopark board and to be part of the next chapter telling the story of the living landscape”
Don Campbell
Community Director for Durness
‘I have served 22 years in the corp of Royal Engineers and worked in local government and for civil engineering consultants in the construction industry. I currently work with the Capewrath range and on my family croft. I see the Geopark as a unique opportunity to show off the diverse geology that we have in the area and I have faith in its potential for community development.’

 

Natasha Hutchison
Community Director for Lochbroom.
“I see the Geopark as an innovative driver of sustainability in Lochbroom and our neighboring areas, I am excited to be able to contribute this forward-thinking, collaborative organisation!’”

 

Dr Malcolm Bangor-Jones
Community Director for Assynt

 

Jean MacKay
Co-opted Director, Scourie Community Council Chair.
“I believe the Geopark can help our communities have a voice and be sustainable without having to be subjected to over-tourism”

 

David MacLeod
Co-opted Director and Chair of Tongue Community Council.
“I believe that the Geopark is in a unique position to strengthen the communities of the north west Highlands both socially and economically.”

 

Dr Laura Hamlet
Geopark Coordinator
“I have a great passion for the Geopark as a driver for community development in the North West Highlands, using the natural and cultural heritage assets we have in abundance here for community-led action. It is a privilege to continue to work with these communities and help to build a stronger, more resilience Geopark.”

 

Pete Harrison
Geopark Geologist
“Having already served the geopark at various times as a director, company secretary, treasurer, business manager and administrator I can see the developing potential of the geopark organisation to contribute to life in the NW Highlands. I now look forward to providing a service concentrating on my skills as a geologist and geotour leader.”

 

Chris McNeill
IT Support
“As a regular visitor to the North West Highlands for the last 25 years I have come to appreciate this unique landscape. Recent involvement in geological and archaeological field activities offered by the Geopark sparked my interest further and prompted me to become more involved. As a volunteer I’m now pleased to be able to contribute to the promotion of the Geopark and its community projects.”