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A North Uist man is the new chair of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s board of directors, it was announced today (Wednesday 14 February).

Angus MacInnes from Paible first joined the board in 2016, when he was also appointed chair of its finance and estates committee.

Since 2018 he has been vice-chair of the board and he now takes over from departing chairperson Angus G. MacLeod.  

Angus was brought up in a Gaelic-speaking household in North Uist, where he attended the local school and the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, before going to the College of Building and Printing in Glasgow.

He has been involved in the construction industry for over 30 years, working as a director for the last 20 years.

Outside work, Angus has a keen interest in sport, shinty in particular, and is a trustee and president of Glasgow Mid Argyll Shinty Club. He’s also vice-president of the Glasgow Celtic Society.

Angus said: "It is an honour to be appointed chair of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig's board of directors, a place of great importance for the Gaelic language and culture, and for Scotland as a whole. 

"Sabhal Mòr Ostaig's world-class learning opportunities are helping a new generation of Gaelic-speakers reach their potential and contribute positively to the future of the language. 

"This is an important time for Gaelic and for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with new legislation in the form of the Scottish Languages Bill as well as challenges facing colleges and universities across the country at a time of economic difficulty. 

"I would like to thank my predecessors, Aideen Ní Mháille and Angus G MacLeod, who have in the seven years that I have been on the board been a source of sage and helpful advice."