SIF is run by a voluntary board of directors, elected from and representing its membership. We have three members of staff with two seconded to work with the Scottish Government Islands Team:
Camille Dressler: Chair, represents the Small Isles Community Council (the islands of Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna). Camille was also elected as Chair of the European Small Islands Federation in September 2016, stepped down in 2019 to be one of 2 ESIN vice-chairs. Her interests are community empowerment and community energy, as well as heritage and the arts. A Gaelic learner, she has established a crofting museum and bilingual crofting trail on the isle of Eigg and is a founder member of Comunn Eachdraidh Eige.
Frank Corcoran: Treasurer, represents the Isle of Cumbrae Initiative Community Company, which is currently looking at acquiring woodland on the island and has established a successful community garden with Big Lottery funding.
Ann MacDonald: Ann is currently seconded to work with the Scottish Government Islands Team to help deliver the National Island Plan and its strategic objectives. Ann is also a director of the Tiree Community Development Trust and Tiree Renewable Energy, its renewable energy subsidiary and Tiree Maritime Community Assets, its community harbours company. She is also a Chartered Accountant and is our company secretary.
Alastair Fleming: representing the Lorn Islands Partnership, is from the island of Luing and was very much involved in the building of the Atlantic Islands Centre. He has a great interest in geology and natural history.
Terry Hegarty: represents the Mull and Iona Community Trust. Terry who worked on our SMILEGOV project has acquired a good deal of experience in energy audits and is currently involved in sustainable transport on the Ross of Mull.
Isobel Thompson: Operations Manager at the Westray Development Trust in Orkney and is our director with responsibility for youth engagement.
David Herriot: David is a former chartered surveyor with a strong background in community ownership and public sector valuation. Currently chairing Beachwatch Bute (a marine litter charity) and on boards of Fyne Homes, (Housing Association) Fyne Futures and Fyne Initiatives, Bute Shinty Club and the CalMac Community Board.
Anne Byers: Anne lives on Eday, one of the smaller islands in Orkney with around 130 residents, with her husband and young daughter. There she works from home running her own transport and strategy consultancy business, as well as helping out on the farm – her husband manages two of the island’s large farms and together they have their own small croft. Anne is involved in the community and is currently Chair of the Community Council and Parent Council. Anne plays the piano and is trying to learn accordion when she has time, and also speaks fluent Russian.
Kirsty MacColl: Kirsty is our SIF Project Officer and has a background in community co-operatives, community-owned shops and sustainable development.
Nicola Crook: Nicola is the lead for the Delivery of the National Islands Plan within the Islands Team of Scottish Government, a role she is currently seconded to from the Scottish Islands Federation. Prior to this position, Nicola provided technical support to Scottish Government in the implementation of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and worked with the Islands Team, SIF and Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) to deliver the community consultation of the National Islands Plan.