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Just a quick email to say a very big thank you to you and all the Fèis Rois team for an absolutely brilliant Fèis weekend. I had such a great time, and now, back to earth but with a head overflowing with music!! Looking forward to next year already!
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Board of Directors

Fèis Rois is managed by a Board of Directors. The Board meets four times each year. Check the downloads section for minutes of Board meetings.

Current Board Members include:

Harriet Dempster (Chair)
Harriet is a social worker who has spent much of her career working with young people with a particular focus on working to do and get the best for children in care. She was appointed an advocate for the Arts by Dundee City Council and later served on the board of Dundee Contemporary Arts for about 5 years. Harriet has always loved music and since moving to the Highlands 12 years ago has been an enthusiastic supporter of live music and especially traditional music.

Mark Sheridan (Vice Chair)
Mark is an expert adviser and writer in education and the creative and cultural industries in Scotland and Europe. He is Reader in Music and Creativity at The University of the Highlands and Islands, and a renowned composer.

Colin Sandilands (Secretary)
Colin is a solicitor and partner with the law firm Stronachs LLP. Having spent 10 years working in Edinburgh, he returned to the Highlands in 2009. Colin has a great enthusiasm for traditional music and is a keen Gaelic learner but, despite many happy hours learning, his 2 year old daughter is already catching up!

Shannon Cowie
Shannon is currently in her final year at the University of Glasgow studying towards a degree in Pharmacology. She is very involved with Gaelic at the University and is part of the Gaelic Residency scheme ‘Taigh na Gàidhlig’ and has also played a role as a committee member for the Ossianic Society. Shannon is a former Fèis Rois participant who plays the tin whistle and is a former pupil of the music school in Plockton.

Lisa Buchanan
Lisa is a fundraising and management consultant in the third sector with a special interest in capital projects, business planning and feasibility studies. She has 15 years’ experience in the third sector, latterly holding the position of Chief Executive at Cantraybridge College. She is chair of The Q North Foundation (an LGBTQ arts and education foundation) and is a member of the Board of Management at North Highland College UHI. In her spare time, she is completing an MBA at Strathclyde Business School and is writing a book about her experience of fertility treatment. On a Wednesday evening, you’ll find her at Tulloch Castle, Dingwall taking part in Feis Rois’ adult learning session.

Malina MacDonald-Dawson
Malina is Manager of a large Programme of Projects within Children’s Services of Highland Council. Having lived abroad after graduating from University, Malina returned to the Highlands where the musical culture was a huge pull. A keen singer and song writer Malina enjoys both solo and choral singing with Inverness Gaelic Choir, Acclaim Choir and her band. She has also been a continual attendee of the Adult Feis for over 10 years.

Conal McDonagh
Conal McDonagh is a piper from Poolewe, Ross-Shire. He was a member of the Ullapool & District Pipe Band before securing a place at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, during which time he was a regular member of the annual Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trails. In 2012, Conal was awarded the scholarship for exceptional musicianship in his entrance audition to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Influenced from a young age by both his Scottish upbringing and Irish heritage, Conal plays the Scottish Highland & Border pipes as well as the Irish Uilleann pipes and the whistle. While studying at the Conservatoire he performed at festivals and ceilidhs throughout Scotland and abroad, and he was a member of the award-winning Mischa Macpherson Trio. He spent a year furthering his studies of the Uilleann Pipes at the Irish World Music Academy at the University of Limerick. Conal has performed with a number of up and coming, and well-established artists alike, including Inyal, Hannah Rarity, Duncan Chisholm and the RSNO.

Calum McAulay
Calum is an accountant with the firm EY. Originating from the Isle of Lewis, he has spent the last 11 years in Inverness advising companies and charities on accounting and tax issues. Calum has a passion for music, especially traditional music and Gaelic song. His skills are in audience participation rather than playing or singing any notes, but we hope to change that now that he has joined the Board of Fèis Rois!

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