We welcomed our newest West Harris Trust director, Diana Calvert, in September this year.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to her and her enthusiasm for the work we do.
Here is a little about Diana:
“Little did I know how my life would change following our first holiday to Harris in 2011! It was to be the start of a new chapter in our lives as we both fell in love with the island and decided to move here after getting early retirement. My last job had been working for the Environment Agency on Climate Change Adaptation but my main career had been working in scientific publishing, both on scientific journals and finally on encyclopaedias.
Following our second visit here in January 2012, we learnt about the house plots for sale with the West Harris Trust. We immediately applied to buy the single plot at Scarista and eagerly awaited the decision. Finally we received the news we were waiting for and proceeded to plan for our move here and to have a house built. We had the groundwork done in the summer of 2014 and moved here from Oxford in January 2015, 2 weeks after the big storm. We rented a house in Scarista while the house was built by RHouse on Skye. In December 2015 we were able to move into our dream house.
Even though I’m now retired, my days are very busy with various community roles, including being Honorary Treasurer for Leverburgh Lifeboat Station. I’ve recently taken up golf, archery and Scottish dancing. I’m a member of South Harris Women’s Institute in Leverburgh and was their Media Secretary for the last two years. Finally I seem to spend many an hour baking for various events.
I feel very privileged to be able to give something back to the Trust in my new role as a Director. I feel very strongly that the community should be served by the Trust in many different ways, both in the business and social aspects. It’s still early days so I look forward to seeing how the Trust will evolve over the next few years.”