The Bims Trusteees

The trustees are listed below along with a brief summary of their life experiences. 


Steve Bramwell : Chair

I retired from my work life as a Consultant Urologist at Raigmore Hospital in 2013 having spent 35 years in NHS surgical practice. I have always been a keen sailor and have spent my retirement so far exploring the coast of Scotland in a sailing boat which I own jointly with friends. I have served on the Committee of Chanonry Sailing Club as Secretary and volunteer fund raiser, and was involved in the building of two St Ayles Rowing Skiffs which now comprise Fortrose Community Rowing.

I am interested in setting up projects to enhance the quality of life in our communities on the Black Isle and am excited to be involved in the BIMS development.

Other interests include rowing, cycling and outdoor pursuits in general.

I am married with 3 grown up children and have lived in Fortrose for the past 22 years

Stewart Robertson : Past Chair

Stewart worked in the North of Scotland with the Ordnance Survey for 40 years and at one time helped set up the AAA (Àinmean Àite na h-Alba – Gaelic Place Names of Scotland) before retiring in 2007.

He was President of the North District Golf Association in 2002 / 2003 and is currently on the Scottish Golf Review Panel for Course Rating.

He has lived in the Black Isle for almost 30 years.

Richard Cherry : Secretary

I retired from the NHS in 2007 after 40 years, most of it as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in the English Midlands, and have been involved with Chanonry Sailing Club and other activities in the Black Isle since then.

Mike Halley : Vice Chair. Fundraising and Procurement

Served in the Fire Service for 27 years and has recently retired after a further 27 years as a Fire Consultant. He also spent 4 ½ years as Fire safety Manager for Highland Council. He is currently National Secretary of the National Association of Retired Fire-fighters.

He has been a Rotarian since 1979, a past President of two Rotary Clubs and served as District Governor in 2015/16.

He enjoys golf, fishing and model making. He has lived on the Black Isle for 20 years.

John Tuach : Webmaster

Background : Started in IT in the days when the only way to communicate with computers was to feed them punch cards and paper tape after learning languages such as Fortran, Algol, Basic and Cobol. Was involved with IT in the travel industry for much of my career before 'going solo' working on Internet developments.

Hobbies : Golf, wildlife and fishing

Interests : Helping and advising local community groups with their IT needs such as the North Kessock Ticket Office Project. Golf coaching through Muir Of Ord Golf Club

Peter Lawrence : Treasurer

BBC Engineering Dept. (Transmitter Group) 1968 to 2008 Retired

Essential skills for above are plumbing, mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, to walk up hills and climb masts. Colleagues were enthusiasts about many things, they had amazing stories of early TV and the war. If only they had, “Men’s Sheds,” 50 years ago.

Since retiring I returned as a self employed commissioning engineer for the new digital TV system.


I loved sport, especially badminton. DIY. most home projects. Built or re-built engines, bicycles, boats, motorbikes, cars, radios, hang gliders and micro-light aircraft.

Although the Shed will be closed until further notice due to Covid 19, it is still possible to to run a small selection of activities.

Please visit the
Diary Page
for more information.

Activities Activities
Social Diary Activities
The Shed Diary Opening Times
Meals on Wheels
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An excellent article describing the positive effects the Black Isle Mens' Shed has had on some of the members.
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Thank You Activities
Izzy MacDonald from Caring and Sharing presenting a cheque for £1000 to Steve Bramwell to help with our work with youngsters in schools. (Click here for larger photo)

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