Our board members share on why they're involved with ACT and what ACT brings to Argyll. 

Grace MacLeod (Vice Chair)

Grace came along to the first ever ACT annual meeting and wanted to get involved as she liked the environmental aims of ACT and felt they matched up with hers. Grace enjoys being involved with and representing ACT. She thinks ACT's projects are important for improving Argyll because they make Argyll even better for people who live and work here. Her favourite part of Argyll has to be Castleton Harbour - pictured below.

Ross Lilley (Chair)

Ross has been involved with ACT since the first consultation on establishing a countryside trust in Argyll, around 2009! He's remained on the board since. Ross got involved because he views ACT, by working with SNH and other partners, as a way of delivering benefits for Argyll's natural heritage and for communities. Having been brought up in Argyll, he also has a personal desire that more people realise the benefits from the wonderful environment we live in.

Ross enjoys being on the ACT board as he feels that together, we are making a real and positive difference for Argyll. On his favourite part of Argyll, Ross struggled to pick just one but said...

"If pushed, I particularly like the contrast in environments and scenery between the hills above Loch Long and Loch Eck versus the intimate landscapes around Crinan and Knapdale and the wide open seascapes and machair of Tiree, Mull and Islay. OK…I can’t choose. All of Argyll is my favourite part of Scotland!"

Andree Hawke

Andree came along to our first AGM to get more info about ACT. She was on the Tighnabruaich District Development Trust board and wondered if ACT might be of interest and useful for us. She notes that it certainly was! Andree says that Argyll is such a spread out area, and communities are geographically quite isolated, so it's easy to not see the wider picture. But joined up projects are more effective than separate ones - such as Atlantic Rainforests, tackling knotweed/ponticum problems.

She thinks ACT's projects are important as "ACT is able to bring ideas together and attract funding to Argyll as a whole. (although the funding part is a challenge...)"

On her favourite part of Argyll, Andree loves all of it. She could happily live anywhere along the coast, or on the islands.

Duncan MacLachlan 

Duncan recently got involved as he saw ACT as a way of making a difference across Argyll. He's enjoyed getting to know ACT's staff and board and getting stuck in to new projects!

He thinks ACT's projects are important as they're attempting to plug and fill gaps, maintain and enhance a quality of life for all those living and working here, visiting or returning.

He also had difficulty narrowing down his favourite part of Argyll, but "if pinned down for a single idyllic spot, tinged with personal sentiment it would be Knapdale and Carsaig near Tayvallich looking West towards Jura and the edge of the world beyond."