Board members are:
Steve Shaw – Chairman
Steve graduated with a degree in Engineering Science from St Peter’s College, Oxford in 1969 and then worked for the next nineteen years for GEC, mostly within their Gas Turbine Divisions. For much of this time he was engaged in technical sales at senior level to customers in the Middle East and Africa, but also had a three-year period running the Company’s Product Support Division which employed over 200 people.
Over the next dozen or so years he worked for several major UK power consultancies and contractors (including AEA Technology and Kennedy & Donkin) promoting projects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy production – including landfill gas and wind turbines.
He is now a Registered Osteopath, having taken a major career change and qualified in 2001. I have been practising in Portree since April 2009.
Steve and his wife have lived permanently on Skye since 2008 and have gradually become more involved with local community activities.
Karen qualified as a teacher and was Managing Director of two shellfish exporting companies for 14 years. For the last six years she has been working as a business advisor and trainer and specialises in finance and international trade. She has held the position of chair for Skye and Lochalsh Enterprise, Skye and Lochalsh Education Business Partnership and Skye and Lochalsh Local Learning Partnership, and served as a board member of An Tuireann Arts Centre Ltd. She is very interested in renewable energy and the community potential such developments can offer.
Born in the south of England Joy has lived on the Isle of Skye for 42 years. Her family was raised and educated on the island and have all now moved away to pursue successful careers, whilst still maintaining their strong links with the island. Joy opened the Three Chimneys restaurant 40 years ago and after it was sold worked for over 22 years at Gaeltec in Dunvegan, a small high-tech electronics factory producing transducers, mainly for medical applications. Since retiring seven years ago she studied for and gained a Bsc. (hons) in Social Science with Geography with The Open University. She is increasingly enthusiastic about renewable energy in all its forms and feels that her experience will contribute to the work of the board and the co-op.
Ian G Macdonald
Ian is a native of Skye. He was educated at Portree High School and Glasgow University where he gained the degree of BSc Pure Science and qualified as a Science Teacher at Jordanhill College. After a number of years teaching at Inverness High School he returned to his native island where he became Principal Teacher of Chemistry and eventually Depute Head Teacher of his former school. He took early retirement in 2006 and operated Cultural, Environmental and Historical Tours for the Aros Organisation. He is a part-time crofter, Grazings Clerk for the Crofters’ Commission and an Honorary Sheriff for Portree and Lochmaddy. In 2012 he was elected Crofting Commissioner for the North West Highlands and is delegated to regulate casework for Skye and six mainland parishes.
I. G., as he is better known, is passionate about all forms of renewable energy and believes that local communities have a responsibility towards their own island environment and to the wider world. He has been a director of ISRC for 5 years and wishes to stand again for a further stint. His principal interest as a director has been on promoting awareness of environmental and related issues and, of course, educational initiatives. All the Primary Schools on Skye and Raasay are involved in energy conservation and environmental projects, thanks in part, to grants from The Isle of Skye Renewables Co-op.
Ralph is an engineer by qualification and graduated from the engineering school at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with a M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. Ralph has spent most of his career to date working in specialist renewable energy consultancies in Scotland and the US. Ralph’s role focused on providing advice to owners, lenders and investors on wind farm performance assessment and the associated contractual issues. More recently Ralph has been working at a technology innovation centre in Glasgow. His role there is leading a team of engineers to deliver innovation services to a wide range of academic, private and public sector organisations – from large utilities to university spinouts. Ralph is currently completing a part-time Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School in Glasgow.
Both inside and outside of work Ralph has as active interest in sustainability, low carbon technologies and renewable energy. He firmly believes these industries offer both economic, social and environmental benefits to Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. On a personal note, Ralph enjoys running, cycling, walking and open water swimming. He also regularly volunteers at associated events.
Having grown up in Cheshire, Colin gained a degree in law from Manchester University but then pursued a career in IT and networking. He worked for major engineering and construction companies Turner and Newall and National Nuclear Corporation until the mid 1980s, then joined an independant IT consultancy, working in the UK and Europe in a wide variety of business sectors, including banking, defence and manufacturing. Colin ‘ived in Strasbourg and Brussels for 5 years, working as a consultant on projects for the EU and NATO. After returning to the UK, he undertook project management and project reviews for major utility companies in the UK. In 2001 Colin moved from Hertfordshire to Skye, having visited the island many times since the early 1970s. Now retired, Colin is building his own low energy house on Skye. Colin is convinced that the only sustainable solution to the UK’s energy dilemma is for everyone in the country to be engaged with the problem and for them to be empowered to help to solve it.