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.
Stuart Little – Chair
Stuart spent his working life as a dentist, latterly in Kirkwall. He initially became involved with the St Magnus Way by taking on the management of the path side of the pilgrimage project and co-ordinating the waymarking and route upgrades. Stuart can often be seen somewhere on the Way, strimming paths through the green Orkney grass.
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 a 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.
Caroline is a retired Chartered Accountant with a portfolio of non-executive directorships of companies in the renewable energy sector and trusteeships of various Orcadian charities. She is a keen cyclist and has been responsible for setting up the St Magnus Way cycle route as well as helping with fundraising.
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 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 a Historical Information Report on the route which is downloadable 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.
John Stockan is a chartered surveyor with 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 elder in the Church of Scotland and property convenor during the building of a brand new contemporary church building, Milestone Community Church.
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.