About Us

Ullapool Community Trust is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation set up to deliver projects that benefit the community which we serve. Ullapool Community Trust’s remit area (or community) is sometimes referred to as our area of benefit and matches the lochbroom community council area which can be viewed on the map here: Lochbroom_Community_Council

It includes the highland communities of; Elphin, Strathcaniard, Rhue, Leckmelm, Braemore, Lochside, Dundonnell, Scoraig, Badcaul and Gruinard as well as the main population area of Ullapool Village itself.

Development trusts are organisations operating in the United Kingdom that are: community based, owned and led. engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of a defined area or community. They are independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, voluntary, and public - sector organisations.

Ullapool Community Trust also acts as an ‘anchor organisation’ which means that we often support other third sector, voluntary or not-for-profit groups. Sometimes these groups have limited capacity to employ their own staff, or they may need advice on how to set-up projects and bring in investment, they may also use the Trust to undertake initial feasibility work into projects that they believe will benefit our communities. Ullapool Community Trust acts as a third sector business incubator, we help to support other charities and groups in their initial development. Sometimes these groups remain linked to the Trust and bring income back into the community. Sometimes these organisations “spin-off” from the Trust and set-up on their own after an initial period of support.


Real Community… Real Cohesion

Wow! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Ullapool Swim Club Riding the Wave Project at the 3-D fund today. The £2000 will give a huge boost to the club to help cover costs as it grows. The funding will help keep membership fees down so that its accessible to as many 8-18 year olds as possible and now we can buy new kit, pay for more pool time, go to and hold more galas and train more volunteers to train the new members.

Gillian Meighan Ullapool Swim Club

On behalf of Lochbroom Community Council I’d like to congratulate the organisers of the 3D fund and all today’s presenters for a first class event. Also a huge thank you to all those who voted for the Morefield Park zip wire bid. We’ll be trying to get the ball rolling on this as soon as possible

David Crook LB Community Council

On behalf of the UHS Charity Committee, we would like to thank all who voted for us and supported us yesterday. We are very excited to be given the opportunity to start this new project. We would also like to thank everyone who organised the event which we thought was a huge success. Also, well done all the other groups as well whether they got the money or not!

Ellie Cunningham UHS Charity Committee

The UCT Team


Flick Hawkins (Chair)

Flick Hawkins and her husband, James a well-established Landscape painter, have lived in the area since 1978 and have run their own successful company RhueArt, which has promoted Visual Artists from the Highlands and Islands in the national and international arena, for many years.

She has spent considerable time as a volunteer in various local organisations; gaining a great deal of experience plus a few grey hairs being part of these projects and their achievements.

A founding Director, then Chair, of Ullaspool, a community owed company which successfully sought funding to build and now run the Swimming pool. She became Chairman of the Secondary School Board and was involved in the design, building and opening of the New School and Macphail Centre. During which time the Board were awarded two major Lottery grants: one to transform, what would have been a gym hall into the mid-scale theatre venue and other involved visual art work being integrated into the fabric of the building.


Sandy Mackenzie (Vice Chair)

Employed 27 yrs in the water industry, 10 years as Operations Team Leader for the Wester Ross and South West Sutherland area. Experience of staff supervision and budgetary controls; corporate management; customer experience and regulatory compliance.  Some experience of Health and Safety legislation.

Previous experience of serving on many community based boards and committees over many years including; Ullaspool during the fundraising planning and building of the swimming pool, Primary and High school boards (Chair), Chaired the  action group (Ullaschool) for Ullapool’s  new community  High school.  Chaired the board of Lochbroom FM.  For two years served as office bearer for Ullapool Angling Club (5yrs chair, 10yrs secretary) and served on Lochbroom Community Council for two terms (served as vice chair for a short spell).

Active experience of local tourism especially B&B and self-catering.  Presently acquainting myself with the dos and don’ts of crofting tenure as resident on a croft on the shores of Lochbroom.


Serena Mason

With an academic background in planning, I was formerly a social researcher in the Housing Development Directorate in London.  I cheerfully relinquished a Civil Service career to set up a walking holiday business in Scotland.  I then became a crofter and have dealt with grants and subsidies over the past 30 years for developing the croft business, with a self catering unit and selling beef.  In a partnership I bought  a 110 hectare forest and managed harvesting and restocking.  We set up a sawmill to generate local employment and make use of local resources which ran for 20 years.  Now in another partnership which has built a small ( 47 kW) hydro scheme,  Allt a Charr,  in the forest.

Organised funding for Mobile Movies, (pre Screen Machine), to show films in various venues.  Involved in local organisations, Dundonnell Area Community Events ( DACE) and Badluarach and Durnamuck Community Woodland.  Enthusiasm for wool and crottle led to current role as chair of Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers and my fleeces are being spun by Uist Wool, a new social enterprise mill on Grimsay.


Terry Rose

Terry was Born in West Ham, London in 1959 and his family moved to Essex in 1967 where Terry spent his childhood years. Terry attended Moulsham High School in Chelmsford and left determined to become an architect. He was employed by the Property Services Agency and completed an ONC and HNC in Architectural design. Terry then decided to leave employment and complete a Building Surveying Degree at Leicester Polytechnic.

Terry then went on to work for various different companies before setting up his own partnership that was hit by the black Monday financial collapse in 1992. The positive outcome of this was that he was asked to work for his major client, Dixons, the electrical retailer.  He led the development team for them and opened over 750 locations for Dixons, Currys, PC World and the Link all accross the UK and Europe. Terry was approached and joined Hertz, the largest car rental company in the World, at that time. He led an international team managing a development portfolio of over 1000 locations outside of the USA.

Terry's finale role was to head the UK expansion team a Regus, the serviced office specialists before deciding that corporate life had now run its course. Having built a modern eco-house on the edge of Ullapool, Terry and his wife decided to move to Ullapool and to open and run Westlea House, a B&B in the centre of the Village. Terry is married to Shirley, a former Art teacher , they have three children in their 20's all living in the south of England. They also have Juno, a labradoodle Dog. They love their new life in Ullapool and have found the community to be very supportive and positive. Shirley and Terry enjoy music, live and recorded, art, motorbikes, walking, cycling and rowing.


Rosemary O'Leary

I was born in Leeds and have lived in the Lochbroom area since 1994. I’m a graduate of Hull University where I did Scandinavian Studies and York University where I gained my teaching qualification. At different times I have lived in Sweden, France and Ireland. I have been a teacher at Ullapool High School since January 1996, working in the modern languages and learning support depts. During the last few years my remit has included developing links between the school and community partners to enhance career and education and opportunities for young people at the school.



Tim Gauntlett

I have been a visitor to the Lochside and Ullapool for the past thirty five years, and it has been my home for the past six. Prior to that I lived with my late wife, Judith, in West Yorkshire, working as a psychotherapist. I want to live here because of the environment and the landscape. I want to stay here because of the people. I may have retired, only this community 'demands' that I make a contribution and engage with the people around me in activities that benefit all in the community as well as being of value to myself. So I row, work in Cabinet, participate in creative writing courses, Chair BroomPower, and above all, ensure a balance of fun and responsibility in what we I do.


Susan Leslie


Qualified as a pharmacist in 1994 and after various posts in Norwich and Aberdeen moved to Ullapool as Store Manager of the Boots branch there. I joined the board of directors of Ullaspool our community owned swimming pool and have been chair for the past 7 years. We have undertaken several projects there including Raise the Roof which involved sourcing funding to completely replace the roof and make environmental improvements to the building. I was part of the initial group invited to be involved in the founding of UCT and have been chair in the past and now hold the role of company secretary.



Sue Parker

Sue has lived in Ardcharnich near Ullapool since 2011 but has holidayed in the area for many years.  She is “retired” but now runs a small bed and breakfast with her husband. Her previous work experience was in social housing (both development and housing management) in England and Scotland and in human resources. Sue enjoys gardening, travel and (when it’s all going well) golf.


Amanda Barry-Hirst

Amanda is a communications and PR consultant specialising in environmental issues. Through her agency Third Rock Communications, she has worked with clients such as Zero Waste Scotland, the Marine Conservation Society and British Glass. In 2017 she gained a BSc in Environmental Studies where she studied the science of climate change and biodiversity issues. Previously, she was Head of PR for the UK Government’s waste body WRAP, working on the Recycle Now and Love Food Hate Waste campaigns. During the 1990s, she ran her own award-winning PR consultancy and authored a guide to PR, PR Power. More recently she has added to her skill set by qualifying as a personal development coach working with individuals and entrepreneurs. Amanda fell in love with the Highlands in her early twenties and began taking an annual hill walking trip to the area. She moved to live in Ullapool with her husband and two cocker spaniels in 2015.




Ben Williams

Ben Williams has worked with UCT since 2016 as their Local Development Officer (LDO). Ben is a specialist in project management and has a keen interest in social entrepreneurship. Since joining the Trust, he has been able to grow the organisation by securing local capital and revenue investment, as well as helping to set-up and manage many of the Trusts ongoing projects. Ben graduated with an MA in Management with Enterprise from Heriot-Watt University in 2010, he then went on to gain an MSc in Strategic Project Management in 2011. Ben's experience is wide ranging and includes working for the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, project consultancy for tier 1 suppliers to the Olympic Games in 2012, and the Commonwealth Games in 2014. This included project planning and developing and writing tender bids for large facilities management contracts. Ben also works as a lecturer in Business Studies on a part-time basis.


Gill Wilson


Born in Wales, moved to Ullapool with husband Nat, to raise a family.  I was matron of Mo Dhachaidh, kept the books for Ullapool Boatbuilders and worked for Marie Curie. Reluctantly  we moved South, to set up and run a boatbuilding college and stayed away far too long, returning in 2016. Now a self employed gardener and  New Broom Hub and shop manager for UCT. Spare time filled with volunteering for Isle Martin Trust and Lochbroom Woodfuels, walking the dog and doing crafty earthy stuff. How lucky am I.



Ruth, Joany & Hilary 


Our friendly shop staff are always ready to lend a helping hand at the New Broom. Come in and have a chat or drop off a donation. We are always looking for volunteers to help out too! So if you fancy getting involved, speak to one of the team or get in touch via our website!