Moray Firth Partnership documents
Joanne Alladay – Bunchrew, Inverness
Joanne is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Born in the Lake District, she moved north of the border in 2012 to live amongst the spectacular scenery, wildlife and people of the Highlands. She is an ambassador for the region and actively promotes sustainable development in the area through her current role as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the Port of Cromarty Firth. Her interests include balancing the needs of business, communities and wildlife to create growth that benefits all, and educating the future workforce in the complexities of modern business and social responsibility.
Susan Bain – Nairn
Susan worked as an archaeologist for many years throughout Scotland and abroad specialising in post-medieval settlement and traditional building which led to advising on the management of cultural landscapes. For the past 13 years she has worked manager of the NTS Western Isles properties including St Kilda. Susan has a great deal of experience in balancing the demands of natural and cultural management together with industry, including tourism, the MOD and fishing. She is also the coordinator for the St Kilda World Heritage Site and is part of a network of other Marine World Heritage Sites across the globe, giving her insight into global issues and solutions. Susan lives in Nairn and enjoys living on the Moray Firth.
Helen Houston – Golspie
An experienced community development consultant Helen has worked in Highlands for over twenty years. She has delivered training in fund raising, bid writing and project development to community organisations across Scotland. For ten years Helen was at the heart of the regeneration of the town of Alness working with the community to revitalise the economy and empower local people to take ownership and responsibility for their community.
Helen took two years out from consultancy to lead the innovative Community Energy Scotland, Community Powerdown project. This project brought together 25 communities from across Scotland to implement initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions.
Working for Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust Helen supported the Trust to generate over five million pounds worth of investment in the Kyle of Sutherland.
As a volunteer Helen is particularly proud of having established the young carers project which is now known as TYKES.
Sarah Lamb – Wick
Born and raised in Wick, Sarah has a strong connection to the fishing industry. Since graduating from Heriot Watt with a degree in Marine Biology Sarah has worked in various aspects of the fishing industry including a research position studying the local brown crab and lobster fishery in Orkney through to the commercial side working with seafood exporter Scrabster Seafoods Ltd. In her current job Sarah supports groups and businesses apply for funding through the European Maritime Fisheries Fund to support the sustainable development of our coastal communities and maritime industries as Development Officer for the Highland & Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG). In her spare time she can be found travelling the coast enjoying life in her campervan.
Ben Leyshon – Black Isle
Ben has over 25 years’ experience in marine management and conservation working for the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. Ben has an excellent working knowledge of marine management in the Moray Firth and has been closely involved with the Partnership since its inception in 1991. Ben’s interests include how science can inform management, developing new approaches to old problems and community engagement.
The first part of Ian’s career was at sea in the Merchant Navy as a deck officer, then coming ashore to both commercially and technically operate ships of all types worldwide, before moving into the offshore industry. As a consultant Naval Architect Ian designed several mooring and pipeline systems in the UK and worldwide, project managed a number of cutting edge UK oil exporting systems, sat on industry marine committees and acted as the Marine Technical Authority for a number of UK FPSOs. Ian has had a lifelong interest in marine wildlife and since early retirement volunteers in several local charities; he has a special interest in marine planning and the sustainability of the Moray Firth and its coastal communities.