To kick off 2020, at Voice for Arran we thought it would be a good idea to give readers an update on who the Voice team actually are. Last year saw some changes, we said goodbye to our long time tech editor, John Barraclough, and also in 2019 our founder and former editor Alison Prince sadly passed away. We are a small group of committed volunteers, some old, some new, and we are all active in many of the inspiring organisations and community groups in Arran. So here we say Hello to Jim, Heather, Gregor and Elsa.
Born and bred on Arran, Jim joined the Voice group in 2010 when he was put forward to act as the Voice minute secretary. In this role he began providing a few historical articles for publication, which resulted in the printing of two books for the benefit of the Voice income. Last year Jim also took on the Treasurer role at the Voice. Here he is with his son, on his beloved Lamlash golf course!
Heather is our chair and catalyst for the Voice, and is key in helping us all bring it together every month. Heather is well known in Arran, both for her position as English teacher at the High School for many years and for her work promoting and organising theatre and the arts on the island. She became involved with the Voice when it was going online and Alison needed support. She is a real supporter of any publication that has a focus on arts and environmental issues, especially on Arran!
Gregor is the techie one among us and makes sure the Voice website stays up. He is the newest (and arguably most essential) addition to the team, and when he was asked to help out by Heather, found he couldn’t say no to donating time to such an important cause for Arran.
Elsa joined the Voice as content editor when the previous occupant of the post, Alan Bellamy, was standing down. After enjoying the online magazine for many years, and the print paper beforehand, she was keen to see the publication continue. Her time since joining has flown by, and as editor for nearly two years now she often wonders where the material for each issue springs from. Arran seems to radiate engaging things to do and also people who write fantastic articles about them.
The team love to hear from readers and are always happy to receive contributions, so please get in touch if you have anything you’d like to send in or comment on. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org