The Community Board set up by ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) to provide an insight into the issues affecting island and rural communities, is meeting for the first time on Friday, November 17.

Board chair Angus Campbell, former leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said: “The focus of the first meeting will be agreeing the way the Board will operate, including how the members will engage with the communities they represent and report back to them the activities of the Community Board.

"I have spoken to all the Board members ahead of the first meeting and I know they are all looking forward to this new role.” 

The Community Board will have an opportunity to meet the current David MacBrayne Board at a dinner on November 16.

The Community Board members are Chairman Angus Campbell, Bill Calderwood, Angus Campbell, Camille Dressler, Sheila Gilmore, Neal Goldsmith, Jane Howard, Iain MacFarlan, Eddie MacKenzie, Stewart MacLennan, Eoin MacNeil, Jim Porteous and Rob Ware.

CalMac’s Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement Brian Fulton said: “The creation of the Community Board was a key commitment in our bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract and with everyone now in place and a date set for the first meeting I am delighted that it is ready to go.

"We are keen that it is as independent of the company as possible and we look forward to getting their views and invaluable insight into life in remote and rural island communities in order that we can play a role in ensuring their long-term prosperity.”

For details of the Board’s full terms of reference visit https://www.calmac.co.uk/community-board