Tagsa Uibhist has a team of dedicated directors with a wealth of knowledge and experience who give up their time freely because of their desire to see Tagsa Uibhist succeed in its mission to promote health and wellbeing in our community in Uist.
Peter Keiller joined the board of Tagsa Uibhist as a director in June 2006, becoming Chair in September 2009. Since being formed, Tagsa Uibhist it has become a vital cornerstone in our community reaching out and supporting those who slip through the gaps. Peter came to Uist in 1990, working as a GP on North Uist for over 20 years. Since retiring he has taken on a croft, built a house on Grimsay and is involved with a number of locally based charities and organisations on Uist.
Pam relocated to Uist from Glasgow with her husband in March 2019 to care for a sick relative, and first became involved with Tagsa Uibhist as Office Administrator. A year later Pam took on another role closer to home but maintained her strong affiliation with Tagsa by joining the Board of Directors in June 2020. Pam’s career path has always been associated with the health and care profession having worked in administrative roles in Cardiac research, Plastic & Maxillofacial research, medical sales and ultimately as Research Trials Manager in Stroke Medicine for the University of Glasgow. Pam is passionate about health and wellbeing, ensuring the provision of excellent care in the community and maintaining the high standards that Tagsa Uibhist has achieved over the years. Pam has an enthusiastic and driven personality and has put this to good effect in charity fundraising in the past. With this combination of experience, skills and personality, Pam brings a dynamic that complements and adds to the experience and aspirations of the other Tagsa directors.
Sylvia Norton has lived in Uist for 46 years and is now retired. As well as having an in-depth knowledge of the islands, Sylvia's work as a Director of Tagsa Uibhist draws from a very rich professional background in youth work, care, especially of the elderly, and in addiction counselling with Crossreach (Church of Scotland). Sylvia was previously Chief Officer of the Health Council for the Health Board. Later Sylvia joined the Mission to Military Garrisons. Sylvia has been happily married for 53 years and brings her desire to help to make people smile and good communication to Tagsa Uibhist.
A native of South Uist, Mairi has numerous roles within her local community relating to Gaelic language and education spanning early years, primary and adult learning and is former head teacher of Sgoil an Iochdair. Mairi is Chair of Ceolas Uibhist, the highly acclaimed Gaelic arts organisation and has been on the board of the Scottish Arts Council and the Comataid Craoladh Gàidhlig. Her previous roles within the community include: Committee member of Co-chomunn an Ìochdair and Iochdar Hall Building Committee, founding member of Cothrom and founder member and development worker for Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain. She is Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Mairi has a deep appreciation of the valuable services delivered by many Third Sector organisations within our community and believes that Tagsa has been a leading example of that. Mairi brings her expertise and knowledge of Uist and its rich culture to Tagsa, helping the organisation to develop and grow in tune with the community. Mairi finds her work in Tagsa very rewarding.
Originally from London, Richard moved to the Western Isles, in 2018 and started as a director with Tagsa Uibhist in the Summer of 2020, making him the most recently appointed of the directors. Until then, Richard followed a career in nursing. As a dual-qualified nurse, Richard has extensive experience in caring for adults and children with learning disabilities, as well as those with mental health issues. Recently, Richard has been working in the field of drug and alcohol recovery, and, at time of writing, is starting a job at Craigard Day Centre. Richard brings his knowledge and experience as a person who has worked with those who are often regarded as being on the periphery of society. Through his role on the board of Tagsa, Richard hopes to continue to be an agent for positive change, both for Tagsa clients, and for the organization.
Tina joined Tagsa’s board of directors in 2013, having retired to Uist in 2012 and is currently Deputy Chair. Tina brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having worked for London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Aberdeenshire, Ark Housing Association and Real-life Options. Tina’s professional interest was initially focused on working with children and young people, particularly adolescents. She broadened her work to support adults with learning disabilities and associated physical disabilities. Tina has a particular interest in dual diagnosis, dementia, and autism.
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