Darren Taylor, Chief Executive, Storas Uibhist has taken over as Chair of Community Land Outer Hebrides (CLOH) with his appointment receiving full backing from the board at a meeting on Wednesday 29th September. Darren replaces Lisa Maclean, as she leaves her role as Chief Executive of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn to take up new employment with Belfast Central Mission. Lisa played a crucial role in formalising the establishment of CLOH, a body of community lands trusts throughout the Western Isles. In the Western Isles 75% of the population living on community owned lands, CLOH seeks to support partnership working between trusts, through sharing knowledge, resource, building capacity and acting as a single contact point for the community land sector in the Western Isles.
Darren said “I am flattered with the support I received from the Board. As I begin as Chair, I want to acknowledge the hard work of others in setting up the organization, in particular Lisa as she leaves the board. CLOH’s strength comes from its membership and I look forward to seeing further collaboration on a range of projects”
Lisa commented “I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to work in the community land sector as it has grown from strength to strength particularly in the Western Isles. Establishing CLOH is a major milestone as the sector looks to the future and I look forward to seeing the continued growth and success of the sector. I wish my former board members and Finlay all the very best"
Membership of CLOH is open to any community land trust in the Western Isles who is an active member of Community Land Scotland. If you would like to find out more about joining CLOH please contact Finlay J. MacLennan, Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.