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I'm a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Harris and I retain strong personal and professional links with the Western Isles. 

My consultancy work focuses mainly on conducting feasibility studies for communities interested in taking ownership of land and/or built assets.  I'm a Board Member of MG ALBA.  I was previoulsy a member of the Scottish Land Fund Committee and a Board Member of the Harris Tweed Authority.

I regulary write on land reform, rural development and sustainabilty issues via my blog Beyond the Horizon and in the West Highland Free Press.

My academic expertise is in public management and public policy analysis, underpinned by an Honours degree in Public Administration and a PhD in public policy implementation.  I've taught on range of undergraduate and postgraduate public management and sustainablity courses at Robert Gordon University, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and the University of Edinburgh.  

I also have practial public sector experience having previoulsy been employed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as National Advisor on Sustainable Development for Scotland's EU Structural Funds Programmes. 

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