Coming from diverse backgrounds but united by a shared commitment to deliver excellent person-centred services that genuinely enhance health, wellbeing, and community spirit in Uist
Chief Executive Officer
Chris has worked at both front-line and senior management levels in both social care and international development. Starting as a social anthropologist in Bolivia and Peru, working on indigenous land rights in the Amazon basin for the UK Government, Chris then shifted to directly supporting homeless people, as a project worker in a day and night centre in Edinburgh. After taking on the management of this centre, he then progressed to the role of Principal Officer and Homelessness Strategy Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council. A return to Latin America followed with SCIAF and then a decade in several African countries as Country Director and Head of Programmes for Mary’s Meals. Latterly, Chris led the Dutch NGO ZOA to deliver large scale humanitarian and peacebuilding programmes in Liberia and Ethiopia, supporting refugees and local communities in conflict prone areas. Chris has roots in Benbecula, where his father grew up, and is now taking on the family croft and learning Gaelic. Chris is married to Mercy, who is from Liberia, and they have three children.
Tiag joined Tagsa Uibhist in June 2012, attracted to its purpose of supporting those in need in Uist. Prior to joining Tagsa Uibhist she worked for community learning and development organisation, Cothrom, for 13 years. With a background in the private sector, Tiag's employment experience in Uist has been varied, working in managerial roles within the hospitality and construction industry. Tiag is a native Gaelic speaker, enjoys working with people and is passionate about ensuring Tagsa Uibhist continues to serve islanders.
Agnes joined Tagsa Uibhist Care Department as Care Coordinator in September 2017 and progressed to take on the role of Care Manager in December 2019. Previously Agnes worked with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in Home Care. Born and raised in Poland, Agnes moved to Uist from France in 2013. Having worked as French teacher, Agnes has a background in education but as she finds working in health and social care so fulfilling, she has retrained and is building her management career in this field.. Being fluent in several languages, Agnes has a passion for learning and this translates to her very enthusiastic approach to arranging training for Tagsa’s carers and in encouraging and supporting their professional development.
Community Transport Manager
Fiona has recently joined Tagsa Uibhist as Transport manager. She has previously worked in customer-based roles, where she has seen the need for assistance by the elderly from Tagsa Uibhist. Since leaving School, Fiona has always worked in Uist/Benbecula, working within the MoD Range, Openreach and Salar, until finally joining Tagsa. Fiona has a varied back-ground in technical roles and in customer care. This combination is perfect for managing a community transport team which aims to meet the needs of the local community. Fiona enjoys engaging with people on a daily basis who require the assistance which Tagsa Uibhist can provide. Fiona has clear aspirations for the on-going development of Tagsa Uibist’s Community Transport service and believes strongly in the professional development of her team members.
Community Gardens Manager
Olli started at Tagsa Community Gardens in the winter of 2018/19 and has played a central energising role to bring the gardens back to life, under the dedicated care and attention of a team made up of community growers, staff, and volunteers, who enjoy the site for its social and therapeutic benefits. The gardens have been successful due to the overwhelming support of the Uist community, who really value the production of vegetables, flowers, and shrubs as well as the encouragement and advice the Tagsa gardeners provide. Having previously worked for Cothrom as Horticultural Tutor, including achieving SQA's Assessors' Award, Olli continues her other work assisting in the public library; (volunteer) Librarian for Sgoil Dhalabroig; and trying to keep on top of her own extensive garden duties! Originally from Aberdeen, with considerable time spent in Germany and Austria, not to mention wider travel, Olli completed her studies in Edinburgh (BMus Hons at Napier University), where she met her husband Archie (Uisteach), and moved ‘back’ to Uist in 2006 – to care for infirm parents-in-law, raise her young family (3 boys) and tackle a vast, neglected croft-land/garden.
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