Donald Martin

The Queen has been pleased to appoint Donald Martin as Lord-Lieutenant for Western Isles to succeed Mr Alexander Matheson, CVO OBE JP who retired on 16 November.

Harris-born Mr Martin lives in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. He was appointed Clerk to the Lieutenancy in 1997. 

In 2002 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant and is currently Vice Lord-Lieutenant for the Western Isles. He has worked in a variety of posts within the Civil Service, Highlands and Islands Development Board and Western Isles Islands Council. From July 2010 to September 2011 he was appointed as interim Chief Executive for Bord na Gaidhlig.

A native of Bunavoneader, Mr Martin was Chairman of the Harris Tweed Authority from 2007 to 2013 and has been Chairman of Acair Ltd, a publicly funded Gaelic bilingual publishing company, since 2008. 

He has been a Trustee of the Scottish Hydro Electric Community Trust since 2008. He has participated in local, national and European seminars on minority languages, especially during his time as Secretary of the UK and Scottish Committees of the European Bureau of Lesser Used Languages. Mr Martin is a fluent Gaelic speaker and regular contributor to Gaelic radio and TV programmes.

The Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Cllr Norman A MacDonald, commented: The Queen has been pleased to appoint Donald Martin as Lord-Lieutenant for Western Isles to succeed Mr Alexander Matheson, CVO OBE JP who retired on 16 November.“I would like to extend my congratulations, on behalf of the Comhairle and the community of the Outer Hebrides, to Donald Martin who has succeeded Alexander Matheson as the Lord-Lieutenant for the Western Isles. 

"Donald is a well-known and respected figure in our community and has contributed significantly towards the work of Gaelic Development and Harris Tweed in the islands. He has also been a valued public servant in many different roles, principally on behalf of the Islands. 

"We wish him the very best and hope that he enjoys his new position.”