Trustees of the waterfall fund
Mary Jean Devon
I live in Tobermory and I am an elected member for Argyll and Bute Council. My Ward covers Mull , Iona , Ulva , Gometra , Erraid , Coll , Tiree , Kerrera and half of Oban.
I am the Children’s Champion and also the Champion for Children with autism.
I am chair of the Corporate Parenting Board and sit on various committees within the council.
My interests are many and varied. I write and perform in amateur dramatics. I am a member of the Natural Voices Choir and also sang for many years in the Mull Gaelic choir.
I am an Elder in Tobermory Parish Church.
Most importantly I care about the future of Mull , Iona , the surrounding islands and its people.
I am proud to be a Muileach.
Originally from Ayrshire, Mull has been my home for 30 years.
Having worked for Clydesdale Bank since March 1987 I took up the position of Bank Manager in 2004.
I am presently on secondment as a Quality and Control Adviser for Highlands, Islands and Moray. A role which covers the area from Mull to Shetland and offers an abundance of privileges and challenges on a daily basis. However no matter where I am I always enjoy the trip home to Tobermory.
I enjoy reading and variety of sports in my free time.
Brigadier John Macfarlane was born and brought up in Tobermory, the fifth generation of his family to have lived in the town.
He is a native Gaelic speaker, a graduate in Modern Languages at the University of Glasgow, and after a full career in the British Army , retired as MOD Director of Education and Training Services.
He is married and lives in Taynuilt with his wife Valerie and any of his children and grandchildren who visit.
He runs SSAFA for Argyll and Bute, is a local historian, sings bass in the Episcopal Cathedral of St John The Divine in Oban and enjoys a part-time third career in Gaelic broadcasting
Married to a fellow islander, Jennifer (Mackay) and with three sons, Andrew Noble lives in Glasgow but is frequently on Mull having retained the family cottage at Fishnish. He also inherited half a swampy acre, but sadly no mule.
Educated at Tobermory Junior Secondary and Oban High School and the universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge and Sussex, his teaching and research career was in the English Department of the University of Strathclyde where he taught mainly American Literature and became Head of the Literature Section. He was also Convenor of the Irish-Scottish Academic Initiative designed to initiate historical, cultural and political connections between Scotland and Ireland.
Since his retirement he has been awarded both an Honorary Fellowship from the Association of Scottish Literary Studies and a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship. The latter award has allowed him to pursue his research on Robert Burns and other dissident Scottish poets and song writers.
Joanne is based on the Isle of Iona, where she lives on a farm with her husband, two children and many and varied animals. She is a professional fundraiser with almost 20 years of fundraising, marketing, research and events experience, gained within national, local and community organisations. She first came to Iona to work summer seasons whilst studying for a Leisure & Rural Tourism degree before moving here permanently 11 years ago. In that time she has worked remotely for a number of mainland-based charities, is part of the Iona Craft Shop team and, with a keen interest in voluntary sector and community development, is an active member of a number of local groups. In 2014, Joanne participated in the inaugural Rural Parliament in Oban.
Rev John Paton
Rev John Paton
'I am the Church of Scotland parish minister for North Mull.
(This includes churches in Dervaig, Tobermory, Salen and Craignure.)
I am from Glasgow, ministered in Kintyre and Linlithgow, and moved here with Cathy, my wife, some 3 years ago.
I live in Salen and am regularly about in the schools, villages and at local community events.
Interests include golf, badminton, hillwalking and the local gaelic choir.'
I moved to Mull in January 2015 to take up the post of Head Teacher at Bunessan Primary School, having been coming to Mull for many years. I was previously Head Teacher of a school in York. For 20 years I have taught in Yorkshire and Hampshire and have lived in different parts of the UK. Before teaching, I worked in Human Resources in Construction and for a large Life Assurance Company in Bristol. I live in Pennyghael and am married to a Structural Engineer. We have 2 adult children. As an ‘incomer’, I do not have depth of experience of living on the island. What I do have is a wide range of other experiences which I believe can add a different perspective, and also growing appreciation of what it is like for families to live on the Ross of Mull.
Alison and I have lived on Mull for twelve years, of which the first seven were the finale (swan-song?) of my years in general medical practice. Now in Scotland for 47 years, I feel “absorbed” and we have a great love of this safe, friendly and beautiful island. My interests are music, including the gaelic choir, hill-walking, kayaking, boating in an old wee cabin-cruiser, gardening and DIY.