Board of Management
Hughie Donaldson – Chairperson
Hughie has enjoyed a varied career, working in the merchant navy, shipbuilding, mining, engineering, fishing and crofting before being appointed in 1999 as the Co-ordinator of Initiative at the Edge, a Scottish Government programme for remote rural areas. Since 2005 Hughie has been employed by Highlands & Islands Enterprise as is now Development Manager in its Community Assets Sector. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Science Housing Studies and is a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CMCIH). Hughie joined LHA’s Board in 2003, was elected its Treasurer in 2007 and was our Vice-Chair from 2012 to 2015, when he was elected as Chairperson.
Andrew Carr – Vice-Chairperson
Andrew graduated in 2002 from Edinburgh University with a degree in Scots Law (LLB) and has worked in finance for the Crannog Group of companies since 2004. Andrew is also Chairperson of Highland Communities Credit Union, Treasurer of the Friends of the Macintosh Centre (Mallaig) and held the Treasurer’s position with Mallaig Community Council from 2008 to 2011. In 2016 he was appointed as company secretary at the Morar Community Trust. Andrew joined LHA’s Board in 2013 and was elected as our Vice-Chairperson in 2015.
Vacant – Secretary
Jenni Hodgson – Treasurer
Jenni is a retired Local Government Officer (Social Work Team Leader)
Di Alexander – Di began his career in housing in 1984 with Shelter Scotland and went on to work with the Rural Forum, Cairngorm National Park Authority and as a rural housing consultant before ending his professional career with the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust as its Executive Director. Di was a founder member of Lochaber Housing Association, having been on its Board since our inception in 1988, serving for many of these years as Secretary, before his service as Chair from 2010 to 2015. Di has served as Chair of the Rural and Island Housing Association Forum (RIHAF) on two separate occasions. He is also an elected member of the Board of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and was also recently appointed as Chair of the Scottish Government’s Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force.
Cameron Bauer – Cameron is a time-served joiner by trade, working in residential, commercial, and workshop based construction and joinery since 2007, with a background in management and development in the third sector which began in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, as the Construction Manager for a disaster relief non-profit organisation, and continued at various charities and social enterprises in Glasgow on moving to Scotland in 2013. He is currently leading a joinery focused social enterprise project called The Workshop, which operates on the behalf of the Fort William based charity Lochaber Hope. Cameron joined the Board in August 2020, and looks forward to the opportunity to work toward positive impact in our community.
Rosemary Bridge -Rosemary graduated from Strathclyde University and began her career teaching Business Studies in Thurso High School, subsequently moving to Thurso Further Education College as a Senior Lecturer. Following a return to the Lochaber area she taught in Lochaber High School then undertook a conversion course to Primary Education and was Head Teacher in Mallaig and Upper Achintore Primaries for a number of years. In the early 2000’s she took up a position as a Quality Improvement Officer in Lochaber and Skye. Prior to retirement in 2011, she became Area Manager of 100 schools, from Ullapool in the north, to Ardnamurchan in the south and including Skye and the Small Isles.
Catriona Hunter – Retired Lecturer
Jacqui Wight – Solicitor
Co-opted Board Members
Cllr Denis Rixson – Councillor and Retired Teacher