Our Board

Fèis Rois is governed by a Board of Directors that meets four times a year. Our AGM takes place each November and members of the public are welcome to attend. Check our news page for details of the event nearer the time.

Current Board Members

Mark Sheridan
Mark Sheridan

Mark is an expert adviser and writer in education and the creative and cultural industries in Scotland and Europe. He is Reader in Music and Creativity at The University of the Highlands and Islands, and a renowned composer.

Appointed September 2013
Malina MacDonald-Dawson

Malina is Manager of a large Programme of Projects within Children’s Services of Highland Council. Having lived abroad after graduating from University, Malina returned to the Highlands where the musical culture was a huge pull. A keen singer and songwriter Malina enjoys both solo and choral singing with Inverness Gaelic Choir, Acclaim Choir and her band. She has also been a keen attender of the Adult Fèis for over 10 years.

Appointed May 2016
Fiona Callum

Fiona is a principal accountant at Highland Council, having spent a year working in Sydney, Australia and previously at EY Inverness. Fiona learned to play fiddle in school and took part in many school ceilidh bands and choirs at Culloden Academy, and now occasionally attends Inverness Fiddlers and takes part in the Fiddlers Rally most years. She has a keen interest in many types of music including traditional, country and bluegrass and really enjoys supporting live music in the Highlands.

Appointed August 2017
Shannon Cowie
Shannon Cowie

Shannon is currently in her second year at the University of Glasgow studying Medicine, having previously graduated with a degree in Pharmacology. She is very involved with Gaelic at the University and has, in the past, been a part of the Gaelic Residency Scheme “Taigh na Gàidhlig” for 2 years. She has also played a role as a committee member for the Ossianic Society and through this work at the University, she received the Daily Record award for Gaelic Ambassador of the Year in 2016. In her spare time Shannon also works together with friends on a Gaelic and Irish Gaelic blog website ‘Ceangael’. Shannon is a former Fèis Rois participant who plays the tin whistle and is a former pupil of the music school in Plockton.

Appointed November 2015
Norman MacArthur

Norman has been teaching Gàidhlig and Gàidhlig medium subjects in Dingwall Academy since 2003. He has a performing background as a Gàidhlig singer, piper and occasional song writer. He is very much looking forward to a spell on the board and hopes in particular to contribute to the commitment Fèis Rois has to ensuring Gàidhlig has a clear and fundamental place in its work.

Appointed November 2017
Shona Henderson

Shona is Assistant News Editor at the BBC and works out of the office in Inverness. She has worked at the BBC for over 20 years and first started to work for them in Glasgow. Shona was born and brought up on the Isle of Harris and is a native Gaelic speaker. She is interested in Gaelic poetry & song and how music unites individuals.

Appointed May 2018
Ruairidh Gollan

Ruairidh is currently studying Applied Music with the University of the Highlands. Playing the fiddle and accordion, Ruairidh has grown up with Fèis Rois taking part in the Ceilidh Trail and other projects including KIN & the Community and The Boy & the Bunnet. Alongside attending the music school in Plockton, playing with Gizzen Briggs and promoting music with Sutherland Sessions, Ruairidh’s experiences means he has a wide perspective of music in Scotland which will hopefully help contribute towards the continued growth of Fèis Rois.

Appointed May 2018
Duncan Chisholm

Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers. Born and brought up near Inverness, Duncan has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice. Duncan’s well-established musical career has taken him throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, through his solo work, his work with Julie Fowlis and with Wolfstone. In 2015 Duncan was appointed director of ‘Kin and the Community’, a youth based project led by Fèis Rois which aims to empower young people in a creative environment with skills in ethnology, film making and music composition.

Appointed November 2018

Board Papers

February 2018 Minutes
2017 AGM Minutes
November 2017 Minutes
August 2017 Minutes
May 2017 Minutes
February 2017 Minutes
2016 AGM Minutes
November 2016 Minutes
August 2016 Minutes
May 2016 Minutes
February 2016 Minutes
May 2018 Minutes


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