SkyeConnect Volunteer Directors
We are currently in the process of appointing additional directors from a wide variety of expertise, backgrounds and locations on to help drive our community forward.
I arrived on the Isle of Raasay just over 10 years ago for what was supposed to be a temporary move, promptly fell in love with the island and the rest is history.
As General Manager at Raasay House Hotel & Activity Centre my role reaches into every aspect of the business.
I love my varied position and love being part of the Raasay House family. For me, there has never been a more important time to support businesses in the Skye and Raasay area and I am excited to be a part of the Skye Connect Team.
As well as being a volunteer director I also take care of the SkyeConnect and MySkyeTime websites and socal media channels.
There are some tough times ahead as our fragile economy on Skye recovers from the economic impact of COVID. The existence of a membership organisation for Skye with a strong voice, that actively represents its members has never been more important than now.
We must all come together to effectively put pressure on the government and local authority to protect our island livelihoods, culture and landscape.
Our communities need support, in particular, to cope with visitor behaviour that impacts negatively on the island and its people. The biggest challenge for Skye is building a diverse economy, with the tourism economy playing its part; an economy that can keep young people on the island and give them the opportunities and quality of life. Our legacy must be that of a well-managed visitor destination where the culture and heritage are celebrated and our local people supported and secure.
We face the huge challenge of providing the required tourism infrastructure that can accommodate the incredible interest our island generates. From public toilets and superfast broadband to ensuring quality information is readily available to help our locals and visitors have the best experience of Skye
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.
SkyeConnect is particularly active in representing the island’s interests to both local and central government.
At the same time, we are developing responsible tourism, for example by encouraging visitors to spend more time on the island. We are driving improvements in critical infrastructure, from increased parking capacity through to giving visitors comprehensive and up-to-date information about tourist attractions.
This means that visitors will continue to have an excellent experience on Skye, while quality of life for local residents is maintained.