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Board Directors

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The Directors of High Life Highland are responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation and they meet several times a year. They consist of four elected members from The Highland Council and 8 independent Directors, who bring with them a wealth of skills. The Board provides extensive experience of public, private and development agency backgrounds which is a perfect complement for the scope of our work.

To contact High Life Highland Directors please contact [email protected]


Donald McLachlan – Chair

Operations Director with Morrison Construction.


Ian Ross – Vice Chair

Currently Board Member of the Scottish Police Authority.


Kenneth Nicol

Socio Economic Manager for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited (DSLR).


Councillor Jaci Douglas

Sits on the Highland Council strategic committees for:

  • Education, Children and Adult Services Committee
  • Community Safety, Public Engagement and Equalities


Councillor Fraser Parr

Sits on the Highland Council strategic committee for:

  • Resources


Councillor Ken Gowans

Sits on the Highland Council strategic committees for:

  • Education, Children and Adult Services Committee
  • Audit and Scrutiny

Mark Tate 1  (2)

Mark Tate

Currently CEO Cairngorms Business Partnership with extensive international and domestic business experience.

Michael Green

Councillor Michael Green

Sits on the Highland Council Strategic Committees for

  • Education, Children and Adult Services Committee
  • Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee

Jenny Welch

Jenny Welch

Currently Development Manager, Creative Industries for Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


Donald Somerville

Retired public service solicitor with wide experience of culture, entertainment and leisure services.


Tracy Ligema

Senior Manager NHS Highland with extensive public sector experience.


Ella MacRae

Retired Councillor and business woman.


Michelle Morris – Company Secretary

Depute Chief Executive & Director of Corporate Development Service of The Highland Council.