Chairman – Colin Marr, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Graeme Bell, Inverness Airport
Cllr Helen Carmichael, Highland Council
Robbie Bremner, Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition
Claire Christie, Morag’s Lodge, Fort Augustus
Frank Spencer-Nairn, Culligran Cottages, Struy
Rosie Wylie, Historic Environment Scotland
John Frid, Inverglen Guesthouse, Inverness
Joyce Arbuckle, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Marina Huggett, Perfect Manors
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Director Election 2017 - Personal Statements
General Manager – Loch Ness Inn
"I have been in the hospitality industry for over 22 years and obtained a degree in Hospitality and Tourism management before moving on to work for many large chain hotels. I have been involved with Visit Inverness Loch Ness from the steering group stage and was delighted to join the board of Directors in 2015, however I had to stand down from this position in February 2017 due to a change in employer. Previously I held the position of General Manager at Jurys Inn Inverness for over 8 years and was the Chair of the Inverness Hotels Association for 2 years. I am now the General Manager of the Loch Ness Inn, Lewiston.
I believe that the skills I have learned and developed through being involved in these organisations and my move from city to loch-ness gives me a balanced view of the challenges and opportunities for both areas."
Loch Ness by Jacobite
"Having witnessed the growth of Inverness and Loch Ness as a destination throughout my life I believe there continues to be tremendous potential and opportunity to promote the region further.
The reason for my application is that I would relish the chance to be involved in the development of the area through VILN. In my current working life, part of my role is to attract more visitors to come to the Highlands, but it is vitally important that when people arrive, they are greeted with the best hospitality, and that they leave recommending the area to everyone they see. Businesses and communities need to be able to fully embrace the opportunities available to them whether this be new business or new initiatives which will enhance the visitor experience.
I believe I can bring a fresh and youthful approach to discussions supported by analytical and critical thinking which could assist decision making as we continue to improve and develop Inverness and Loch Ness as the centre point of the Highlands."
D & L Forbes trading as Loch Ness Shores, Foyers
"Supported by the work of VILN since its inception, I have attended the majority of meetings and appropriate courses to enhance the skills of our team. Our core business, which is a touring park, with Wigwam Cabins, has achieved a 5* VisitScotland rating, Green Gold Tourism Award and World Host Status since opening in July 2013. We also have a site shop, which sells predominately (95%) Scottish produce and an Airstream diner, which serves only local and Scottish produce. Our outdoor activities include archery, guided walks/talks and bushcraft. We also hire out motor boats and kayaks. Visitors staying on the camp site visit the majority of businesses and attractions in the area during their stay.
Strategic planning is my forte and I have used this to advantage both in our own business and as a Board member of not-for-profit organisations, including HIE and other Highland wide and local organisations. Having relevant experience and clear understanding of the role of a non-executive director I feel I can contribute constructively to the work of the VILN Board. I am also a committee member of South Loch Ness Tourist Group and I will endeavour to communicate effectively, encouraging others to engage with VILN.
I have recently booked to attend the 2017 STA Signature Conference, in the hope that I will get some clarity on the impact of Brexit on tourism. I have also been asked by Scottish Land & Estates to discuss our business’s innovative approaches to improving business growth at their Conference."
Moyness Guest House, Inverness
"I wish to apply for a position on the board as I am a local businessman that runs a very successful bed and breakfast and I take a great interest in the local tourism and helping to encourage the tourism in the highlands and islands. I feel I am a people person and can communicate well and am not afraid to give my opinion and also respect others opinions and I would bring a great deal to the board and hopefully you would also feel I would be a benefit to the board and we could help improve things for everyone. Inverness is thriving and we could help to drive that force to even more success which would of course be beneficial to us all."