My specialist knowledge is in making community organisations sustainable and not reliant on the public purse. I am familiar with the legal, financial and tourism development agencies in Scotland and am working with SNH, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Forestry Commission for Scotland and the Caithness Transport Forum on the North Highland Way project.
When I lived at Dunnet Head, I was the founder of the Dunnet Head Educational Trust (2003 – 2016) which served to raise the profile of Dunnet Head as the most northerly point on the UK mainland by providing information services and event management for the Caithness and Sutherland Walking Festival (2004-2008) as community events. The Walking Festival has recently been reborn as a commercial enterprise and is marketed with VisitScotland – see www.letsgonorth.com.
As tourism traffic bypassed Caithness enroute to Orkney, I was keen to forge links across the Pentland Firth. You can see a short video of me at a Scottish National Rural Network event advocating cross Firth working.