Whilst there is a wider group of volunteers helping with many aspects of the St Magnus Way, it is our trustees who are responsible for the oversight and good governance of our work.
Rev. David McNeish - Chair
David is minister of Birsay, Harray and Sandwick Church of Scotland (Milestone Community Church), with a background in parliamentary and public affairs with the Citizens Advice Bureau. He is experienced in lobbying for funding, writing briefings and working in partnership to deliver desired outcomes. A Member of the Iona Community, his liturgy and poetry has been published by Wild Goose Publications.
Donna Flett -Treasurer
Donna has worked in an accounting background, both in Orkney and in Aberdeen, since 1987. She qualified as a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2009 and has worked as a Finance Administrator at Aquatera Limited since 2012. She assists in the delivery of the financial elements of projects as well as producing the management accounts for the company. She also has experience in the grant funding application process and in preparing claims.
Beryl Matthews – Secretary
Beryl Matthews has found that living life has turned her into the consummate volunteer. She has been involved in a variety of groups over the years taking an active part in the management of the groups of which she has been a member. Along the way a love of ‘pilgrimage’ has developed. The benefits felt from undertaking such an activity have led to her participation in the Orkney Pilgrimage Group.
Andy Fraser was a senior lecturer with Orkney College UHI and pastor of the Christian Growth Centre where he is now Manager of the Life Centre, a church and community facility. He helped establish Orkney Healing Rooms (2006), Orkney Street Pastors (2011) and the Orkney Seafarers Centre (2016). He is a trained counsellor and Chair of Vital Talk Counselling Service.
Dr Sarah Jane Gibbon
Sarah Jane is a lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute. Sarah Jane’s research focusses on Orkney’s medieval church with specific reference to parish formation, pilgrimage and places of power and religion. She has recently given papers on St Magnus Pilgrimage in Orkney to audiences in Orkney (St Magnus Day Lecture, April, Birsay Orkney), Norway (St Olaf Conference, May, Trondheim) and Lithuania (EAA Conference, September, Vilnius) and is part of an international academic network researching medieval pilgrimage in a North Atlantic context. A native of Orkney, Sarah Jane’s research is landscape based and informed by her knowledge of Orkney’s topography, history and culture. Sarah Jane has researched and compiled an Historical Information Report on the route which is downloadable as site by site entries in the Resources section of the website. The list of entries can be viewed here.
Jane Liptrot has a background in agriculture and managed a farm along with her husband in the West Mainland for 25 years. She now runs a Bed and Breakfast and has worked with children in recreation for many years.
Rev Fraser MacNaughton
Fraser is minister of St Magnus Cathedral. He has been a parish minister for 35 years and a former University chaplain where he regularly took students on pilgrimage. An Associate of the Iona Community, he has a particular interest in contemporary Celtic liturgy and is an experienced liturgist and accompanist of people in their search for meaning.
John Stockan is a chartered surveyor with an extensive knowledge of local contractors, landowners, building costs and property values. He has also helped run a B&B for several years and gained knowledge of the local tourism industry. He is an an elder in the Church of Scotland and property convenor during the building of a brand new contemporary church building, Milestone Community Church.
Stuart spent his working life as a dentist, latterly in Kirkwall. He manages the path side of the pilgrimage project, co-ordinating the waymarking and path upgrades. He can often be seen somewhere on the Way, strimming paths through the green Orkney grass.
Pirjo hails from Finland via Nepal and Ellon. A former nurse and midwife, she is trained in spiritual direction and helps run The Well, a monthly reflective prayer group in Orkney. Pirjo helps to manage our team of volunteers and is also our contact with Mongolia, the source of our forthcoming fair trade hats.