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High Life Highland Chair pays tribute to Board Member, the late Tom Heggie

Tributes have been paid to a man of ‘strong principles’ following the death of Councillor Tom Heggie.

Mr Heggie was a non-executive board member of High Life Highland and died suddenly on Wednesday (February 23).

An ordained minister and retired teacher, Mr Heggie joined High Life Highland’s Board as a Highland Council representative in 2017.

Chair of High Life Highland Board Ian Ross paid tribute, saying: “Tom was always on hand to support and assist fellow Board members along with the charity’s management and staff where he could.

“He was an individual of strong principles, who always represented the needs of customers and members, particularly in terms of how service provisions could be improved.

“Calling upon his past experiences as a teacher, Tom maintained a keen interest in the role HLH played in the lives of young people across Highland Communities.

For The Highland Council, Mr Heggie served as Chair of the Nairnshire Committee, Vice Chair of the Education Committee and served on the South Planning Applications Committee.

He had a strong community commitment and in addition to High Life Highland he was a representative on several organisations including Nairn Sports Club, Nairn Allotment Society, Nairn Community and Arts Centre, and the Highland Community Justice Partnership.

He was also a member of Nairn St Ninians Church of Scotland and of Nairn Dunbar Golf Club.

High Life Highland Chair Ian Ross added: “The thoughts of the Board, senior management and staff are with Tom’s wife, family and friends at this extremely sad time.”