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Volunteers are being sought to expand the membership of the Lews Castle College UHI Board of Management.

Archie Macdonald, who has chaired the Board for the past 12 months, says:" It is a hugely rewarding role, where, as a positive Ambassador for the College, you will meet and engage with the workforce of the future, future leaders and potential entrepreneurs. We raise aspirations, inspire achievement and increase opportunities.

"If this engages you and you can contribute to our vision - we really want to hear from you. We welcome applications from those who have the necessary skills, experience and commitment to join us in addressing the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.

The college says their students come from diverse range of backgrounds and they use a variety of ways of learning that meet the needs of students and employers.

"We value diversity and equality and actively work with our partners to embed these values within all that we do. We engage positively with employers, our multi-agency partners and wider stakeholders so that our learning delivery is aligned to student, business and community needs while forming partnerships that contribute to economic development within the Outer Hebrides Community, and beyond."

Archie says: "It is a time of significant change within the sector, and a time where Education and Learning - no matter what level - is a priority in contributing to the creation of opportunities for people and in supporting the wider economy."

Archie joined the board of LCC UHI in the Autumn of 2018 as chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. He was appointed vice chair of the board in December 2019. He was appointed as Chair in September 2020 by the University of the Highlands and Islands following an open recruitment campaign.  Archie was born and raised in Stornoway. He attended business college in Aberdeen before working in a local chartered accountancy practice, local authority finance department and then with a local builders’ merchants and hotels group, as assistant to the managing director, before joining the former Western Isles Enterprise and later Highlands and Islands Enterprise. He latterly had a pan-Highlands and Islands post within HIE developing and delivering major community broadband projects in remote and rural areas.  He is currently a self-employed business consultant assisting local organisations and businesses to raise project finance from various sources.

The Board of Management is looking to appoint up to six independent non-executive board members. The college are looking for a broad range of backgrounds, skills and experience to help set the overall strategic direction of the College and be responsible for its corporate governance.

They would especially like to hear from you if you can demonstrate experience or knowledge of:

  • further, higher or senior secondary education or the college student experience; or
  • industry, commerce, finance, the third sector, public service or trade unions; or
  • the region (or a relevant part of it) and its relevant needs.

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Completed application forms must be returned by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Friday 3 September 2021. 

Interviews are likely to take place on 29 September 2021.

The college states: "Successful appointees will be expected to undertake a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check.

"Positions on the Board are voluntary and unpaid, but bring huge rewards to members.

"Your input can make a real difference to the education and prospects of our learners and to the wellbeing and success of the communities where they live.

"A minimum time commitment of approximately six days per year is required: the roles require attendance at four Board meetings a year (usually early evening) and members may join a Board sub-committee, which also meets three to four times a year.

"Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for Board business are reimbursed.

"Appointments will be for four years in the first instance, with the position available."

Candidates must not be employees or students of the college. Student and Staff members are appointed through different arrangements.