Addition to SIF team!

We are delighted to welcome Philip Coghill to our team for the next 4 months to help us build our communications and social media resources.

Originally from Leurbost, Isle of Lewis, and with his parents now living in Scalpay, Isle of Harris, Philip is well accustomed to island life. As if Lewis and Harris weren’t enough to be going on with, Philip spent summer holidays growing up visiting family in Orkney; and his wife, who he met in North Uist, is from the Isle of Tiree.

After studying Politics at the University of Strathclyde, Philip has worked for Kate Forbes, constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch for just under 5 years and brings with him a good understanding of the policy issues affecting Scotland’s island communities. Philip has also recently completed HND in Project Management.

Clearly struggling to stay away from Scottish Islands, Philip is moving to Tiree this summer with his family and we are delighted to welcome him to our small team.

On his new part-time role, Philip said: “I’m delighted to be able to help our SIF with their communications for the next few months. I’ve followed SIF’s work for a number of years now and have a huge amount of respect for the work done by SIF since it’s formation in 2000.”

“SIF has played a huge part in the development of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and then the National Island Plan. It’s never been more important that Scottish Islands have a strong collective voice.”

“I’m very much looking forward to working with Kirsty and the board, as well as SIF’s members, to develop SIF’s communications”.

Philip will be working with our Development Officer Kirsty MacColl to increase our profile on social media, increase our membership, and develop our resources for knowledge exchange and events.


A windswept Philip on a trip to St. Kilda (most westerly Scottish Island!) in 2019




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