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Maureen

Chair

By profession a schoolteacher, Maureen Macmillan taught in Ross-shire and Inverness.

In 1999 she was elected to the Scottish Parliament and represented the Highlands and Islands until retiring in 2007.

She was a co-founder of Ross-shire Women's Aid and chaired its board for over 30 years. She is also a past board member and chair of Highland Community Care Forum.

At present, as well as her position on the board of Sight Action, she is chair of the Moray Firth Partnership

 

Iona Taylor

Vice-Chair

Iona Taylor is a manager and dispensing optician in an family-run opticians practice in Tain.

She studied at Glasgow University and then on to Cambridge where she graduated with a degree in optical management and became a Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

After gaining her qualifications, Iona returned to the Highlands 8 years ago to use her knowledge serving the community where she grew up.

Through her profession, Iona understands how important sight is and sees first-hand the challenges faced by those whose sight has deteriorated. That's why she chose to use her experience to help Sight Action in the work they do across the Highlands and Islands to support people with visual impairment.

 

JeanJean Chatterton was born in Glasgow but has lived in Inverness since 1974. After graduating with a BSc (Hons ) degree in Microbiology from Glasgow University she moved to Inverness to work for NHS Highland in the Microbiology Department of Raigmore Hospital. While in full time employment she studied part time for a PhD with Aberdeen University and after a very challenging 4 years completed her thesis and graduated in 1996.

She continued to work in Raigmore Hospital and when she retired in 2013 she was a Principal Clinical Scientist in the Scottish Toxoplasma Reference Laboratory which although based in Raigmore Hospital provided the National Specialist Testing and Diagnostic Service for Scotland and Northern Ireland for this parasitic infection.

She is married and has one daughter and apart from shopping enjoys reading, gardening and travel.

 

Emily O’Callaghan - info to follow

 

ShonaShona Thurnbull has lived in the Highlands for most of her life; apart from about 12 years spend south of the border gaining various academic qualifications, including a PhD in Urban Ecology.

Now living and working in Caithness, she is a coastal planner at the Highland Council where she is mainly working on marine related issues, including working with the Moray Firth Partnership. Keen to support those with sight issues, she hopes to help Sight Action grow and develop its valuable work.