HTSI Team

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Chief Officer

Mhairi Wylie

Mhairi graduated from Aberdeen University in 2004 and has since worked within the Third Sector in Edinburgh and Highland.  Before joining HTSI in 2012, Mhairi worked at Ross and Cromarty Citizens Advice Bureau, initially as the Migrant Worker Project Officer and latterly as Manager. 

Both working in the Third Sector and volunteering from a young age in various projects, including overseas, Mhairi was inspired to return to study and completed her MSc in Development Management in 2021.

Having a strong interest in bringing creativity into the workplace her artwork can be seen throughout the main HTSI office and the team is actively encouraged to use creative approaches in their work.

In 2018, Mhairi was appointed to the Board of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the experiences there have helped developed her understanding of work within the Public Sector and good governance; which have helped to strengthen her work here at HTSI.

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Finance & Office Administration

Finance and Office Manager

Siobhan MacKenzie

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Siobhan joined HTSI in Nov 2019 having previously studied Accounting & Finance then working in admin roles. Siobhan is responsible for all things finance related including making sure all our wages are paid (and all our bills).

She is also main carer of the office guinea pigs,

Timmy and Herbie, and has recently been appointed ‘social secretary’.
Outside work, her 2 children keep her very busy with attending various dancing and football events across the country. In her spare time Siobhan enjoys eating out, going to concerts and reading. 

Finance and Office Administrator

Laura Tait

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Laura joined HTSI in October 2021, she supports Siobhan with finance and assists with office administration. When not working she is kept busy with three teenage sons and a very energetic puppy.

Regional Services Team

Digital & Membership Services Manager

Hannah Barrows

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Hannah has joined HTSI after working in Maine, USA as a Community Development Officer, supporting communities in their pursuit of affordable broadband infrastructure and energy. Hannah brings her experience of working in the third sector for 7 years, as well as understanding needs and challenges of rural communities, having grown up on an island in a rural part of America. Hannah’s interests are macro-economics, cooking, gardening and supporting local food, as well as long walks with their lurcher, Digby.

Development Officer
eLearning

Spike Setch

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Spike joined HTSI straight out of university in 2018.

Spike previously worked as part of the Adult Health and Wellbeing team with Iain. Last year, he started working with LGOWIT as well as continuing his e-Learning role within HTSI. He can be found walking his little shih tzu around Glasgow.

Office Administrator
Membership & Communications

Owen Watt

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Owen Joined HTSI in June 2021. He is responsible for supporting the development of the work of HTSI in relation to our social media, networking and membership as well as making sure all of our members are kept up to date with our Information bulletins.
Owen also provides a point of contact for HTSI Members and other general enquiries. His spare time is usually spent playing music or watching various sports, following and supporting Ross County here in Dingwall.

Senior Development Officer (Regional)

Jane Tattum

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After volunteering as a carer and teacher, Jane spent a good few years as a retail charity manager and loved working with volunteers.
This experience inspired her to study Community Education at the University of the West of Scotland, graduating in 2018. Jane moved back up to the Highlands where she grew up and joined In this together in 2019, before they merged with HTSI in 2020.
She enjoys outdoor swimming (In the summer!) and spending quality time with family and friends.

Development Officer
Digital & Communications

Courtney Morrison

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Courtney started working at HTSI in August 2021. Her role involves maintaining the website and any creative or graphic design work.
She has previously worked for a community land trust on the Isle of Lewis in a creative marketing role. More recently she has worked in retail alongside working as a freelance illustrator and designer. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, baking tasty cakes. Courtney also enjoys crochet having taken it up during lockdown and loves making creations for her family and friends!

TSI Services Manager
 

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Iain joined HTSI in May 2018 after spending almost 15 years working in Honduras, where he & his wife developed a children’s service for up to 40 children.

They worked with a US & Honduran based Charity which also delivered a charitable hospital and a bilingual school. 
In the UK, Iain worked in both the voluntary sector

(over 20 years) and statutory sectors (15 years).

His focus has been in the areas of homelessness, addictions, poverty, and housing development. Throughout his adult life he has volunteered with several organisations and served on a wide variety of boards as a director or trustee.

Iain has been married over 40 years, and they have 2 grown up children, 3 grandchildren and a dog. He attends a local non denomination church and says his biggest challenge is balancing the hope and disappointment that comes from being a Hibs supporter.

Development Officer 
Volunteers

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Sue joined HTSI in November 2018 following careers in the RAF, Retail and the NHS. When she’s not working at HTSI she can be found running Feltmaking workshops and takes her felted landscapes to local events such as the Farmers Market and Highland Games.
Sue enjoys volunteering as a cook, supporting Inverness Foodstuff in their kitchen and also cooks for her daughter’s rugby team in Edinburgh, where her Jamaican Jerk chicken and Rice & Peas are a firm favourite.

Development Officer
Governance & Resilience

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Development Officer
Third Sector

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Jill joined HTSI in 2021 as a Cafe Link worker for Cafe 1668 and has moved to her new role in Iain's team. Previously Jill worked as a volunteer co-ordinator for people with disabilities to promote inclusion and independence.

She currently volunteers in a local charity shop at the weekend and likes doing interior decorating for family and friends.

Partnership Manager

Margaret McShane

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Margaret joined the team in March 2016 in a post that we host on behalf of the multi-agency governing group overseeing the redesign of Community Justice. Margaret comes to this role with a multitude of experience and knowledge from her previous work with the Police. Shortly after joining the staff team she won our 'HTSI Bake off' and she has since defended her crown!

Health Walks Manager

Charlotte Mackenzie

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Charlotte joined HTSI in August 2020. She manages the Think Nature Health Walk project and supports walking groups across rural Highland. Charlotte has previously worked in a variety of creative communications roles for local government and charity organisations, and also as a self-employed visual artist/designer.
In her spare time Charlotte enjoys creating artwork and photography. She loves spending time in the great outdoors with her family and is a great believer of connecting with nature for wellbeing

Third Sector Human Rights & Equalities – THRE Development Officer (North)

Leah Ganley

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Leah has had many roles since joining HTSI in 2017. She is on secondment from TSI Services Manager. Leah is part of a Scottish Government funded small team working nationally with the network of Third Sector Interfaces to improve equalities and human rights practice within the third sector. They’ll play a key role in delivering training, guidance and resources for TSIs and other third sector organisations. She likes animals (in particular alpacas) and travelling (when it’s allowed)!

Development Officer
Resilience Network

Ross MacKillop

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Ross started working with HTSI in March 2021 as the Independent Chair of the Highland Community Justice Partnership. Prior to this he was a Police Officer with Police Scotland and Northern Constabulary, serving across the Highlands and Shetland.

Ross has been involved in responding to emergencies, along with partners, for many years and is looking forward to his new role helping to build resilience within communities to support and strengthen our collective capability.

He is married with two grown up children and one grandson, originally, he is from Strathpeffer but now lives on the Black Isle.

Ross enjoys walking the family dog, playing golf and getting out in his kayak whenever possible, and spoiling his grandson.

Development Officer
Funds & Fundraising

Marion MacNeil

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Marion joined HTSI in April 2022, her role will be to improve access to funds that support the grassroots initiatives helping people in local communities and to build capacity within the Highland’s third sector.

Marion previously worked for Versus Arthritis, first as a Service Manager, then as Senior Area Coordinator for Highlands & Western Isles.

Marion has worked in the third sector for thirty years in various roles, including providing information/helpline services for families with long-term health conditions, supporting volunteers and delivering training.

More recently she has been involved in community development, social media, branding and design.

In her spare time, Marion sings in a covers band and serves as a trustee for a local charity supporting families with additional support needs.

Project Manager

Alan Grant

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Alan joined HTSI in 2018 as development officer with LGOWIT and now manages our Custody Link Worker Project. Alan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of housing, youth development and fuel poverty.

Custody Link Worker

Rachel Brown

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Rachel joined the project in July 2021 after working in housing support, supporting people involved in the criminal justice system to access services and develop living skills with the aim of then moving into their own tenancies. Prior to this she studied at UofG and receieved an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2015.
Outside of work Rachel really enjoys cooking, if she doesn't have her nose in a book (she is a huge fantasy fan), she spends time with friends or family.

Project Manager

Joanne McCoy

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Joanne joined the team in July 2013 as the Let's Get on With It Together project officer with a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to enrich the work of the project. Joanne has previously been employed across the private and third sectors as well as running her own business. The focus of her project on self management for people with long term health conditions is something which she feels very passionate about.

Course and Communication Administrator

Mary O'Hara

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Mary joined LGOWIT in July 2018. Previously she worked with YouthBorders in Galashiels and before that as a business analyst with Oracle Corporation, focussing on delivering solutions in the local government sector. Mary manages the LGOWIT website, social media channels and online member groups. She is known for her enthusiastic facilitation of Body Boosting Bingo at LGOWIT events and online member wellbeing sessions. Mary enjoys hill-walking, tree-planting, recreational cycling and has recently rekindled her joy of bobbing about in the sea.

Community Networker
Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross

Kate Hathway

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Kate joined LGOWIT in July 2019. Previously she worked for 14 years around community regeneration, planning and renewable energy but took a break for a few years to have a family, become a complementary therapist and run an adventure travel company in Sri Lanka. Kate loves cycling and surfing but she’s terrible at both of them so might well take up Boccia!

Project Co-ordinator

Roy Harrison

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Roy joined HTSI in 2020 as the Project Co-ordinator for Café 1668. He brings experience in varying fields having completed 25 years with the military, after which he gained experience in the Health & Social care sector working for the NHS Highland, Argyll TSI and more recently various Veteran’s organisations within the Highlands.  
Roy volunteers with Loch Ness RNLI and is also a member of his local Community Council.

When not working or volunteering Roy enjoys the outdoors walking his dogs and has recently given up playing rugby as he realises, he is no longer 21.

Kitchen Co-ordinator

Ailsa Brand

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Ailsa has a long history in food and hospitality around Inverness and joined the team in 2021.

She is responsible for the day to day running of the kitchen behind the scenes at Cafe 1668, including preparing food for the customers, organising the items donated to the cafe and upholding high standards of hygiene and cleanliness.

A keen baker, Ailsa makes all the cakes sold in the cafe herself, often inspired by one of her heroines, Mary Berry. She is passionate about live music, and when she’s not out at gigs she loves relaxing in the garden or going on adventures with her partner and her dog

Cafe Assistant

Florence Simmons

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Florence joined HTSI through the Scottish government’s kickstart scheme in November 2021. She works front of house alongside our resident link worker and is a warm, friendly and good humoured face of cafe 1668.

She describes herself as ‘surprisingly comfortable’ and ‘a trier’. Florence first started out as a shepherdess and one day aims to make a difference to those living with long term mental health conditions.

In her spare time she enjoys knitting furiously, and listening to audiobooks whilst walking the dog.