Since February 2019 we have had a full Board of Directors, currently chaired by Dave Till. Alistair Danter is employed as our Project Manager.
Alistair moved to Skye in 1998, renovated his croft house and 2 stone buildings that are now run as self catering properties. He worked for Highland Council practicing Economic Development from 2002 – 2018. Prior to living on Skye he worked in a number of developing countries in Africa running rural development projects.
After a career in training, consultancy and responsible business I moved, 8 years ago with my family, to run Skyeskyns tannery, visitor attraction and retail outlets. Earlier associations were climbing in the 80’s, then looking for and buying our 1st Skye property in the 00’s. My wife runs our busy holiday letting business and my son works locally in IT. My spare time revolves around the MR team and running club.
Anne is a Gaelic speaker from Skinidin, an active crofting community in north west Skye, where she was actively involved in sheep rearing, harvesting and peat cutting. She left Skye for Aberdeen and trained as a Medical Secretary/Practice Manager. On returning to Skye in 1980 she established a very successful Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering Business which led to her becoming a Director of Skye & Lochalsh Enterprise and of Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board. After twenty years she joined a large National company Grading holiday accommodation throughout the UK, before embarking on life as a Skye hotelier – Sonas Hospitality – Toravaig, Duisdale and Skeabost. Her passion is for the protection, care and enhancement of the environment for all to enjoy and be proud of.
Rob Ware retired once, having left British Airways after a career spanning 32 years. He relocated to Skye in 2007 and now busier than ever. Together with his wife he owns and operates a self catering cottage in Sleat and has a range of voluntary roles, in addition to SkyeConnect including, Sleat Community Council, Visit Sleat Tourism Group, board member, CalMac Community Board, Sleat Transport Forum and Skye and Lochalsh Access Forum.
After running a London-based advertising and design business for 30 years, Ian changed tack to become a professional sailor and sailing instructor. When not fettling his own or other people's boats, he delivers yachts both locally and across oceans. He was a Committee and Trustee board member of Skye Sailing Club between 2014 and 2018 during its regeneration and first became involved with SkyeConnect in 2017.
John is Highland Councillor (Independent) for Skye and Raasay, he grew up in Portree where he continues to live. John has worked part time in the Hospitality industry in various roles and projects since he started work.
Jake Grew up on Dunnet Head, from 17-21 was working/running and managing hotels in Devon, then a very busy restaurant in Perth .At 21 became Self Employed as an Insurance Agent with NFU Mutual and group secretary of the National farmers union Scotland, initially Spending 4 Years in Perthshire before moving to Skye in 2012 and spending the last 7 wonderful years getting to know this area, the people here, and the land.
Been involved in Skye Connect in a couple of ways since its beginning and very proud to be a Director and working hard for our area, particular areas of interest are in Land use/management/ food production and representing those not directly involved in Tourism providing vital services for our area.
Clare’s love of the Highlands began in Nedd in Sutherland where her grandparents’ home was a second childhood home. After two London careers (intensive care nurse Guy’s Hospital and insolvency solicitor DLA Piper) Clare realised her dream of living in the Highlands through the purchase of Coruisk House, Elgol in 2011. Eight years of substantial renovations and working hard to build a boutique restaurant with rooms has led to an understanding of the challenges of owning and running a small business on Skye and a desire to work towards improving the infrastructure on Skye for everyone while maintaining the unique and spectacular landscape of the island.
Jim and his partner Anne-Marie currently run a holiday letting business with properties in Skye and Fife. He is also a Director of Old Town Properties Ltd., a Trustee of Edinburgh World Heritage and Chief Executive of Architecture & Design Scotland.
Steve and his family moved to Skye 15 years ago, he is a co-founder and director of Highland Motors Limited, a local Vauxhall garage, who also own also run local tour bus company Go Skye.
Alexander MacDonald (Dander) is a native of Portree, Skye. He began his education at Portree High School and has maintained strong ties with the friends he met there. Dander is proud to have played shinty with Skye Camanachd and football with Portree Wanderers. He is a chartered mechanical engineer and business leader and has worked in the manufacturing sector in Scotland and the USA, serving customers internationally. As a keen sailor, Dander has joined the Harbour Group, part of Portree and Braes Community Trust, and is committed to achieving sensitively designed infrastructure improvements that will benefit our island, Raasay and the nearby mainland.
I am of Skye people, was raised in South Uist and now live in Sleat. Since 2000 I have been involved in the tourism industry first as part of a national heritage charity and more recently as a Blue Badge tourist guide. I am keen to see SkyeConnect help to raise Gaelic’s profile in the Skye and Lochalsh area.
Gary is General Manager and Director of Skye’s Sligachan Hotel & Seumas’ Bar. The business has been in his wife’s family for over 100 years. Gary is an Entrepreneurial Scotland Saltire Fellow and was chosen to complete their 6 month Saltire Fellowship Programme which took him to study at Babson College, the top business school in the world for entrepreneurship. Currently completing a masters in business at Strathclyde, Gary also brings professional experience from previous senior roles in sales management, marketing, creative industries and hospitality.