The Bims Committee

The members of the committee are listed below along with a brief summary of their life experiences.


Stewart Robertson : Chair

My role role is to provide strategic direction; chair the AGM, Board and Members’ Extraordinary meetings and to liaise with other sub-committees set up to organise and run the shed.

I 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.

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

I have 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.

Donnie McLeod : Vice Chair

A retired Chartered Civil Engineer and has resided in the Black Isle for the past 6 years after a long career working in Argyll.

He is also the current Commodore of the Chanonry Sailing Club in Fortrose.

Mike Halley : Fundraising and Practical Co-ordinator

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.

Steve Bramwell : Fundraising and Social Programme organiser

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

John Tuach : IT Support

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

John Chisholm : Elder re Session meetings

I am a native of the Black Isle and have lived in Rosemarkie for more than 30 years.

I attended Drumsmittal Primary School and Fortrose Academy. Between 1980 and 2013 I served as a Police Officer in Northern Constabulary and Police Scotland, retiring in the rank of Superintendent. During my career I served throughout the Highlands and Islands and at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.

I am an elder in Knockbain Church of Scotland and am a keen trout fisherman, hill walker, and supporter of Newtonmore Camanachd Shinty 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.

John Ruickbie : Health and Safety

Worked as an electrician for most of my life reaching the rank of managing director in Eastern Electric Service, Edinburgh and after various other posts, I retired from electrical engineering in 2010.

After living in Edinburgh all my life and bringing up three daughters we decided to move to the Black Isle village of Munlochy. With one daughter living in Tain and another in Inverness we feel at home here. I have two grandsons in Inverness and one grandson and one granddaughter in Edinburgh.

I am actively involved in photography and a member of the following clubs and societies: Associate of the Royal Photographic Society; Honorary member of Edinburgh Photographic Society and at present I’m a member of Inverness Camera Club.

In woodturning, I’m a member of the Association of Woodturners Great Britain; Honorary member of Broxburn Woodcraft Club and I’m a member of Highland Woodturners.