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Trading Company Directors

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The Directors of High Life Highland’s Trading Company are responsible for leading the trading business of the organisation and they meet several times a year.  They consist of four Directors from the main Board and 5 Independent Directors, who bring with them a wealth of skills from the business world.

Craig Ewan – Chair

General Manager/Area Manager, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness and Doubletree by Hilton, Aberdeen.

Kenneth Nicol – Vice Chair

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

Ian Ross OBE

A Chartered Forester, former Highland Councillor, Scottish Police Authority Board member and past chair of Scottish Natural Heritage with extensive experience of speaking at events up to international level.

Mark Tate

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

Alison Matheson

Particular interest in the environment and getting more people involved in sport, leisure and the outdoors.  Previous trustee experience.


David Finlayson

Retired orthopaedic surgeon with a major interest in the benefits of exercise and cultural activity on the physical and mental health of the community.  Previous trustee and extensive management experience in the NHS at local, Scottish and UK national levels.

Freda Newton

Managing Director of award winning Loch Ness by Jacobite.

Special interest in Visitor Attractions and transport.

Lorraine Christie

Business Development Manager at Ross County Football Club.

John Murray

  • Currently working with Scotland Food and Drink with extensive private sector retail experience.