Background on Ullapool Community Trust Directors can be found below.
Amanda is a specialist in communications and public relations. She moved to Ullapool 5 years ago after many years visiting the area on hillwalking holidays. After working for the UK government’s waste delivery body on campaigns such as Recycle Now and Love Food Hate Waste, she was inspired to focus primarily on environmental issues. Her clients have since included Zero Waste Scotland, British Glass, the Ethical Tea Partnership, Global Action Plan, the Marine Conservation Society and plastic waste lumber specialists Plastecowood. She expanded her interest with a BSc in Environmental Studies, graduating in 2018. In 2017 she also trained as a business and life coach and now works with individuals and teams both in the UK and internationally. Previously a volunteer Director with BroomPower, Amanda joined the UCT Board in 2018 and co-chairs the Environment & Sustainability Working Group.
Company secretary - Susan Leslie
Employed in pharmacy since 1995. Pharmacist and manager of pharmacy in Ullapool since 1997. Founding director and former chair of UCT. Chair of board of directors for Ullapool our community owned swimming pool
Has lived in Ardcharnich on and off since 2001 and has been a permanent resident since 2011. She has been a Board Member of UCT for more than 6 years.
Now retired and running a small B & B, most of her working life was in social housing, with extensive experience in both property development and housing management. She also worked in Human Resources. Her specialism was change management.
Previously she has been a voluntary Board member of Thorne House Autistic Community; Sheffield and Rotherham Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders and the Yorkshire branch of MENCAP.
In her spare time, Sue enjoys walking, gardening, knitting and trying to play golf.
Brendan O’Hanrahan is an upland ecologist, land management consultant and community land use activist, who has spent most of the past thirty years living and working in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. He is originally from Kilkenny, in the southeast of Ireland, but has mostly lived in Scotland since 1988 (with a four-year detour to Germany in late ‘90s), the majority of the time in crofting areas in the Highlands and Western Isles. Although originally trained as a zoologist, he has mostly converted into a botanist and habitat mapping specialist since the ‘90s when he worked on the Caithness and Sutherland Peatlands Project for Socttish Natural Heritage. He has been very active in land reform, community land management and crofting projects and politics since 2013, having been a Board member at various times of ELKCAL (Elphin & Knockan), Assynt Foundation, Scottish Crofting Federation and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust. He was also a board member of the Irish Uplands Forum for several years and has also been sporadically active as a humanitarian mapper with Standby Taskforce and Open Crisis since 2011. While based in the Knockan-Elphin (and more recently Ullapool) area of northwest Sutherland, he has been closely involved with community-based projects in that area. Recent or ongoing projects include agri-environment schemes, forestry planting, crofting and agricultural support proposals and local affordable housing.
On a family holiday to the Highlands I fell in love with the amazing scenery and dreamed of living here. I moved to Edinburgh to do a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree at Heriot Watt University. On graduation I moved towards a career in catering and hospitality. Having experienced a range of catering businesses and reaching management level I've developed financial, people, business development and hospitality skills. After 20 years of Edinburgh it was time to turn my dreams into reality so I moved to Badcaul at the end of 2017. I also wished to start out on my own as a self-employed caterer. I'm interested in the local environment, wildlife and developing Little Loch Broom community resources. I'm excited to apply my skills and experience and believe that being on the board will benefit the local area and myself. Interesting facts! I'm enrolled onto the Wester Ross Start Up Programme. I'm a keen bird-watcher, a vegetarian and don't drink tea or coffee!
With an academic background in planning I had a brief Civil Service career as a social researcher in the Housing Development Directorate in London. Disenchanted we opted for the challenges of making a living in Wester Ross. We started a walking holiday business and then got a croft.The croft business included a self catering unit, planting trees, growing various crops on land, mussel rafts, Galloway cattle and selling beef. We set up a syndicate and bought 110ha of forest then set up a sawmill to generate local employment and make use of local resources. Sadly after twenty years of cutting wood Dundonnell Timber had to close. We now have less forest but generate electricity from a small (47kW) hydro scheme. Happy to live in Dundonnell and be part of the wider Ullapool Community. I have been involved in Lochbroom Woodfuels, Dundonnell Area Community Events ( DACE), Badluarach and Durnamuck Community Woodland and the Gairloch Writers group. My enthusiasm for wool and crottle led to membership of the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Currently I am breeding sheep with fancy fleeces and spinning colourful dyed fibre on both an Alan Bush bicycle wheel and a tiny purple plastic Electric Eel wheel.
Before moving to Ullapool, Linda lived in Avoch, Black Isle for about 18 years. During that time, she worked for herself as a Personal Trainer, for the Highland Health Board as a GP Exercise Referral Practitioner, HHC as a Carer and a 999 Call Handler for the Scottish Ambulance Service. Linda also found the time to help put together the monthly local community newspaper, Chatterbox. Now living in Ullapool, since July 2018, Linda owns her own Guest House and Massage/Beauty Treatment Room, still a Personal Trainer and committed to using her experience and skills on the board of UCT. In her spare time Linda has a range of activities she enjoys, cooking, gardening, hillwalking and weight training. She’s also a very active member at the Church of Scotland, Ullapool.
Ullapool and Loch Broom is a great place to come and live your dreams, and I am fortunate enough to have been able to do that for more than three decades, either as a visitor, staying in a family cottage at Letters on the Lochside, or in more recent years as a resident of Ullapool. Those dreams have included exploring the mysteries of as many hills as possible, finding camaraderie on the sea by rowing with other ‘elderly lads’ in St Ayles Skiffs, laughing with others whilst sharing our contributions to a creative writing course, being excited by live music and local art, and being Chair of BroomPower, the community hydro scheme, as well as a director of UCT. You see, if you want to do something, you can, and you are likely to find reward rather than criticism. Like the weather, people can occasionally get you down, only for the most part this a place of great people, terrific scenery, and a socially supportive community. Prior to that, I was born in Wiltshire, lived in London, followed by many years in West Yorkshire. I have migrated North and this is where I shall stay. I have left behind a career as a psychotherapist, and got far away from many grandchildren who all live in London. Mind you, they are of the younger generation, and they are the only ones who now matter. Whatever our reasons and aims in contributing to community work, the purpose is to prepare the younger generation for a world that has hope and opportunity to live harmoniously together.
Terry was born in West Ham, London in 1959 and his family moved to Essex in 1967 where Terry spent his childhood years. Terry attended Moulsham High School in Chelmsford and left determined to become an architect. He was employed by the Property Services Agency and completed the ONC and HNC in Architectural Design. Terry then decided to leave employment and complete a Building Surveying degree at Leicester Polytechnic and became a Chartered Building Surveyor. Terry worked for various companies before setting up his own partnership that was hit by the Black Monday financial collapse in 1992. The positive outcome of this was that he was asked to work for his major client, Dixons the electrical retailer. He led the development team for them and opened over 750 locations for Dixons, Currys, PC World and the Link across the UK and Europe. Terry was approached and joined Hertz the largest car rental company in the world at that time. He led an international team managing the international portfolio of over 1000 locations outside of the USA. Terry’s final role was to head the UK expansion team at Regus, the serviced office specialists before deciding that corporate life had now run it’s course. Having built a modern eco house on the edge of Ullapool, Terry and his wife decided to move to Ullapool and to open and run Westlea House, a B&B in Ullapool. Terry is married to Shirley, a former art teacher and they have 3 children in their 20’s, all living in the south of England. They have Juno, their faithful labradoodle dog. Terry has become an active member of the Ullapool community, has been a director of the UCT for several years before agreeing to become interim Chairman. Together with Tim Gauntlett he set up and runs Real to Reel the Ullapool Film Club. He is a member of the Ullapool Coastal Rowing club. They love their new life in Ullapool and have found the community to be very supportive and positive. Hobbies include music, live and recorded, art, motorbikes, walking, cycling, rowing, films.