TWO Uist men are joining the ranks with MG ALBA as Ofcom announced two new appointments to the Board of the body responsible for funding Gaelic programming, MG ALBA.
Iain Campbell, a native Gaelic speaker originally from South Uist, is presently the Vice Chair of Bord na Gaidhlig, who nominated him for the Board of MG ALBA.
He is also the Senior Project Manager of Soillse, the inter-University partnership project involved in a range of research areas associated with Gaelic language maintenance and revitalisation.
Iain is an economic development and management specialist having been Director of Hecla Consulting, and having previously worked for Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
Also joining the Board is native speaker Dugald Macaulay, originally from North Uist.
The owner and Managing Director of CME Investments Ltd – a service company which runs children’s nurseries and employs 80 staff – Dougie is a chartered accountant by profession and has experience and expertise in respect of corporate recover and rescue, management buy-outs, and business consultancy having worked with two of the largest public accountants.
Since leaving public practice he has held a number of senior board appointments in the industry and is also currently a board member of Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College in Skye.
Both members have been appointed to the MG ALBA Board for a term of four years after the appointments were approved by Micheal Moore, the Secretary of State for Scotland, supported by Michael Russell, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.
Maggie Cunningham, Chairman of MG ALBA, said: “I welcome Dougie and Iain’s appointments. They bring a high level of experience, skill and commitment to MG ALBA and I look forward to working with them in developing the Gaelic service in the challenging years ahead.”
Commenting on the appointments, Western Isles MSP and Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan, added: “I would like to congratulate Iain and Dugald on their appointment to the Board of MG ALBA. “In partnership with the BBC, MG ALBA has made excellent progress in contributing to a sustainable future for Gaelic and BBC ALBA is now an important part of both the Gaelic and the media landscape in Scotland.
“The next few years will be important for BBC ALBA, and I am confident the skills and experience of Iain and Dugald will help move the channel forward.”