Sealladh na Beinne Mòire Directors Elections

The closing date for Directors nominations for Sealladh na Beinne Mòire, the community company that owns the South Uist Estate, has now passed and four candidates have put themselves forward for election.

There are two vacancies on the Board this year as Ronnie MacKinnon and Sarah MacEachen were required to stand down as part of the rolling process that ensures all the Directors stand down over a period of three years, though they can also stand for re-election.

All Members will shortly receive ballot papers from Electoral Reform Services and we hope for another high participation rate in the election process again this year. The election is open from June 4th and completed ballots must be received by ERS in the pre-paid envelope by lunchtime on June 21st to be counted. The result of the ballot is expected to be available on the afternoon of Friday June 22nd. Members can vote for up to two candidates on their ballot form.

John MacMillan, vice-chairman of Sealladh na Beinne Mòire said: “The annual elections ensure that the Members are involved with the decision-making process of the community company and can elect their representatives to the Board of the company to deliver the aspirations of the community buyout.”

Stephen MacAulay, first elected to the Board in 2010 said: “With the Loch Carnan Windfarm currently being constructed and construction of the Lochboisdale Project close to being started, the Board is actively involved in overseeing the major projects, as well as the core business of the Estate, that will bring significant benefits the community. The role of Director brings with it responsibility as well as the rewards of serving the community and the Board encourage all Members to participate in the election process to help shape the future of this community.”

Candidate statements giving their reason for standing and skills/knowledge that they can contribute to the Board.

Nominee – Sarah Margaret Anne MacEachen

Proposer – Neil MacDonald; Seconder – Donald John MacDonald

I have been on the Board now for six years and am excited to see major projects coming to fruition, having seen the work that went in to getting us this far. Uist like many other places is facing challenging times owing to issues such as depopulation and lack of jobs/investment, but I believe the positives still outweigh the negatives.

If re-elected I will continue to do my best for Uist and the Community.

Nominee – Ronald J MacKinnon

Proposer – Ralph G Thompson; Seconder – Flora Thompson

I have been a Director for the last three years, I would like to think that I was able to contribute to all the good work that was done by the Stòras Board, and staff to take projects forward in that time.

I am willing to stand again and fully support the Stòras Board in the years ahead.

Nominee – Calum MacMillan

Proposer – Lynne Elizabeth MacMillan; Seconder – Angus A MacDonald

I aim to support crofters and young families; encourage business opportunities, and work to enable crofts to become financially viable. I would like to see the Estate more open to members.

Nominee – Mary Theresa Schmoller

Proposer – Alexander Campbell Sinclair; Seconder – Margaret Catherine Walker

First child born in new houses in Kenneth Drive, Lochboisdale. Educated to O levels in Daliburgh School. Early employment in hotels: Uist, London, Paris, Munich. Teacher Training 1976-1980. Employed in Sussex in both Youth Training and Youth & Community work. Responsible for developments of Youth Counselling and Information Service, Floodlit Astroturf at Youth Centre, BMX Track, Floodlit Tennis Courts in Eastbourne. Actively involved in County Staff Training and Development. Branch Secretary to CYWU in Sussex. On early retirement returned to Uist to my inherited croft in 2003. Have been doing Supply Teaching and working as a Development Officer with Ceòlas. Skills I would bring are of policy development and monitoring and implementation of policies. I am commited to open and transparent working arrangements. I have a strong commitment to the drainage programme being implemented.