Stuart attended Inverness High School and is a graduate of Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. He has held senior positions in the public sector in the Highlands with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the Highland Council. He was appointed Chief Executive of HIE in January 2022. He has served on the boards of voluntary organisations, most recently the Economic Development Association for Scotland (EDAS), and is an elder at Ness Bank Church, Inverness.
I have been involved in finance all my working life, as a Buyer in the construction industry, Financial Advisor in Pensions and Life assurance, and Stewardship Adviser for the Diocese of Norwich.
I first became involved in fundraising when our son, Stuart, was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. I set up a Branch in Welwyn Garden City and went on to sit on their National Council.
I became Treasurer of the URC, then moved to Holt in Norfolk where I became Treasurer of the Anglican Church,
then Deanery Assessor and Synod member. We moved back to Scotland in 2004, and I joined Ness Bank Church.
I am now their Finance Team Leader, and served 7 years as Presbytery Treasurer. I have helped fundraise for Direct
Access Accommodation in Inverness centre, Crossroads, L’Arche, and now IF.
Twice in my life I have been unemployed and skint, so have some idea of how tough life can be, so can empathise with our clients.
|I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1990 and having worked in various NHS roles, took up a homelessness|
|role with Highland Council in 2001. I now work as a Principal Housing Officer and work with a team of 15 officers|
|assessing and managing the accommodation needs for those presenting to Highland Council in Inverness.|
|The team deal with a diverse range of households many of whom have attended Inverness Foodstuff over the last|
|four years, and have been assisted with a range of complex and practical difficulties they have faced.|
|I have been involved with Inverness Foodstuff since its inception and regularly attend sessions to support the IF team.|
I believe that communities are happier, stronger and better places to live in if we recognise and value everyone
– and take part in making them work. I realised that I had time to put this into action a bit more, and got involved with Inverness Foodstuff. Having worked in housing policy for 30 years now, I’m very aware of the challenges that people face when they have nowhere settled and secure to call home. I’ve also just found out that volunteering is good for my health so that’s a bonus!
Iain has worked in both the voluntary sector (over 30 years) and statutory sector (15 years)
and has worked in the areas of homelessness, addictions, housing development and child care, working in Edinburgh, Highland and Honduras Central America.
Margaret grew up in Inverness and between the years 1976 – 1991 – worked as secretary, and marketing
assistant in Aberdeen, Milan, La Spezia and Zingonia.
From 1993 – 2017 – Margaret worked for Highland Council as secretary to Director of Housing, secretary to Director of Housing and Property, secretary to Director of Care and Learning
“I grew up in Inverness, and have worked in the NHS for just over 20years, in hospital training and then as a GP for
a few years before going on to work in my current role as a Community Paediatrician. I am also a member of the Ness Bank congregation.
The spirit of companionship and enthusiasm amongst the volunteers and clients of Inverness Foodstuffs is fantastic and it is a privilege to join IF. “
Pam Urquhart- Operations Manager
My career choices have always been driven by a strong belief in fairness and equality.
I was therefore delighted to be offered the post of Operations Manager in July 2021 with Inverness Foodstuff, where people and community come first.
I have been very fortunate and benefited from working with a range of different organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector in managerial or development roles.
In my last post, I was interim CEO for the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association. I have also been a co-ordinator for a charity supporting people with mobility problems; developed union-led learning across the Highlands and Islands enabling hundreds of workers to access learning; managed an MP’s office and supported adults with learning disabilities.