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I'm a native Gaelic speaker from Finsbay in the Isle of Harris and I retain strong links with the Western Isles through family connections and my role as a Board Member of the Harris Tweed Authority.

My academic background is in public policy management and implementation; underpinned by a BA (Hons) in Public Administration and a PhD in environmental policy implementation.  I have over ten years' experience as a lecturer in public policy management within the Scottish university sector.  I also have practical experience of the public policy process, having worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as national advisor on sustainable development for Scotland's 2000-06 European Structural Funds Programmes. 

Much of my consultancy and research activity focuses on the relationship between community land and asset ownership, community empowerment and sustainable development.  I also evaluate EU regional development programmes and advise on sustainable development issues in relation to these programmes.  Further details on my recent and current projects are available on the research and consultancy page of my website.