Introducing our new Geopark Manager

You may have read in our Spring Newsletter that Geopark Manager Dr Laura Hamlet will be leaving us in July for new ventures. We are delighted to now introduce Fiona Saywell as our new Geopark Manager!

Fiona lives in Drumbeg and brings with her a wealth of experience and skills. A geologist by background, she began working in the North West Highlands as a Ranger in the summer months. Following this she has delivered outdoor and indoor learning programmes as a teacher, helped set up and deliver the successful CALLP programme of projects, delivered interpretation tours at Knockan Crag, worked for Culag Community Woodland Trust as their Project Officer and with Assynt Development Trust on the Regional Land Use Partnership pilot project and much, much more that will set her up for more success to come.

A message from Fiona:

“Thank you to the Geopark team for their warm welcome, and for all they have done to establish the Geopark as an exemplar of a community organisation for the North West Highlands.

Having lived here for the past 20 years, combining bringing up my family and working in the area, I have come to appreciate how important it is to increase the resilience of the communities of the area for the future. Building a deeper knowledge and understanding, whilst also developing new ways of working with local, national and international groups, will help to create a more secure future for the generations to come. I see the Geopark as being able to assist with this through its charitable objectives.

I am very much looking forward to continuing the work of the Geopark charity together with the staff team and Board of Directors, to facilitate responsible and ethical community development through the cultural and natural wealth of our home.”



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