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There have been major changes at the top for Harris Tweed Hebrides in Shawbost. 

The company said today (Wednesday 9 November that they are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Angus Mackenzie as Executive Chairman. 

Ian Angus, a founding director at Harris Tweed Hebrides, has spent his career in the island-based industry from home weaving to his most recent position as Chief Executive with Harris Tweed Hebrides. 

He was involved from the start in establishing the business in 2007, located at the then-derelict Shawbost mill, along with Ian Taylor, Brian Wilson, Neville Shepherd, and an experienced, dedicated island-based workforce, building what has undoubtedly become one of Scotland’s most successful textile manufacturing businesses.

After 15 years of dedication and commitment to the wider Harris Tweed industry, a period which has seen the revival of the island industry through HTH, Brian Wilson and Neville Shepherd have retired from the board.

Their retirement is marked by the positive legacy they have left, the company says. 

Ian has welcomed three new board members to the Shawbost team.  This includes Cristina Taylor and Justin Taylor who maintain the close family links to the late Ian Taylor, who sadly passed away in 2020. 

Neil Clitheroe, a Troon based business executive, has also joined the board.  Along with the current directors Elaine MacRury and Margaret Ann Macleod, the new board at Harris Tweed Hebrides look forward to delivering an ambitious investment programme and the future development of the business as one of the island’s key employers. 

Harris Tweed Hebrides currently employs more than 65 people and provide home-weaving to over 100 self-employed weavers across Lewis and Harris.