Renewables Ambassadors

Our Ambassdors

Highland Tourism and Highland Renewables Ambassadors have a vision for a brilliant way of doing business – bringing people, communities and businesses, cross-sector, together to grasp this opportunity,  address challenges, and ultimately, work collaboratively through a shared vision for Brand Highlands, towards a bright sustainable future for the region.

Terry Stevens

MD at Stevens & Associates

“Renewable energy and tourism are vital to the Highlands and Islands.

“Working together can increase understanding between the two sectors as to how we can improve the economy whilst protecting the region’s precious environment. I’m proud to be a Highland Renewables Ambassador.”

 

 

Kate Forbes

MSP

“I believe the Highlands is on the cusp of greatness and the birth of Highland Renewables is a fundamentally important enabler in achieving a great ambition the community have to be a world leader in sustainability.

“As a passionate Highlander, I will continue to share my passion for two great industries, tourism and renewables, working as one, to make a great thing happen for the Highlands.”

Yvonne Crook

Chair at Highland Tourism (CIC)

“Tourism and renewable energy have a rich and long history in the Highlands and Islands, growing and working alongside each other – and the need and opportunity to work together for the common good has never been greater. So I am delighted to support Highland Tourism and Highland Renewables.

“The collective response required to tackle the climate crisis needs new and bolder ideas and more urgent, positive action. It is an opportunity to create healthier, living landscapes and vibrant, sustainable communities with skills and good jobs – to create a place that houses, supports, connects and nourishes as much its own people as its visitors – and renewable energy has a massive role to play and contribution to make in that endeavour.”

Alan Hercher

Head of Digital at Dynam
“Working with several clients in the renewables sector, I can’t help but recognise Scotland’s untapped potential. I truly believe that the Highlands is the answer to Scotland’s sustainable future and has the foundation to become a world leader in renewables. Scottish businesses have a rich history of innovation, it’s within our nature to lead by example and develop and grow. Developing our renewable infrastructure will ultimately lead to an increase in the number of opportunities for Highland businesses, and this is something that I feel passionate about. ”

Sam Greer

Stakeholder Manager at Low Carbon

“The Highlands have fantastic natural resources and rightly attract significant tourism with a wonderful mix of sight seeing and outdoor activities. My belief is that tourism and renewable energy generation can very naturally flourish in a symbiotic relationship. I am excited to play a role in supporting the development of the strategies to ensure the Highland communities truly benefit in terms of creating a positive impact and legacy.”

Glyn Evans

Business Development Manager, Approved Power Services

“The Highlands are pivotal to the UK’s energy future and a strategic hub for renewable energy. We are blessed with abundant natural resources to power the country with cheap, clean energy. The work APS is doing in the Highlands – the redevelopment of the localised substations to meet NG targets and our specialist cable expertise in Offshore Wind – will play a vital part in meeting Britain’s decarbonisation goals.

 

APS is proud and excited to support the development of the Highland economy, and grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received so far. 

On a personal note, it’s a huge privilege to come on board as an ambassador. Born, raised and now residing in Inverness, I strongly believe the whole region can benefit from the energy transition and that we are at the fore front of achieving great things. We are the pioneers for the next generation who’s homes and vehicles will run on clean energy and we will leave a legacy for our children’s children” 

John Cunningham

Owner, Highland Vehicle Rental
“The Highland region really does have a huge opportunity to create opportunities and prosper from its renewables resources and proven track record in the sector. I am delighted to become a Highland Renewables Ambassador. At Highland Vehicle Rental we are determined to play our part with flexible pick up and drop off, guaranteed pricing, and having a range of vehicles that meet a variety of purposes. The Highlands, be it for work or leisure, is the place to be.”

Mark Williams

Senior Project Manager, J Murphy & Sons

“Being appointed as an Ambassador for Highland Renewables is a opportunity that aligns closely with both my professional and personal values. The initiative I am supporting is critical for empowering Highland wind renewables, underscoring the importance of a resilient transmission network for the distribution of green energy throughout the UK.

 

In this capacity, I aim to foster collaboration among Ambassadors and use our network to support local communities and sustainable initiatives. My commitment is driven by a balance between advancing the UK’s green energy ambitions and ensuring the protection of the Highlands’ ecosystems. With roots in the Highlands and a love for its natural landscapes, I am keenly aware of the need to pursue our Net Zero targets responsibly.

 

The opportunity to contribute to national energy goals while benefiting the North of Scotland’s communities and businesses is what excites me most. I look forward to advocating for sustainable and innovative renewable energy solutions that support both our environment and local economies”

Jimmy Ferguson

Business Development Manager (Renewables) Harland & Wolff
“Working within the renewables sector here in the Highlands and Islands, I’m acutely aware of the sustainable opportunities which need to have a cohesive strategy across all industry supply chain sectors, including green energy and tourism. This collaboration is crucial to establish and maintain a robust economy in the Highlands and Islands for generations to come. Highland Renewables are taking an innovative approach to this challenge and I am proud to stand with them as an Ambassador.”

Stuart Darroch

Road

“A decade of experience working in the tourism industry has taught me that we need to celebrate and promote Scotland’s amazing landscapes, but also that we need to steer people towards travelling in a sustainable way. Highland Renewables is doing invaluable work in this area and I’m excited to help bring renewable energy and tourism together in a way that will benefit local communities in the Highlands and make things better for generations to come.”

Duncan Macpherson

Managing Director - Hill Tec Ltd

“As the Managing Director of a civil engineering and construction business, Hill-Tec Ltd, situated in Scotland’s stunning Highlands, I take great pride in my role as an Ambassador for Highland Renewables. This organisation holds a special place in my heart for its pivotal focus on linking Tourism and Renewables—a connection that carries immense potential for our local area.

Highland Renewables’ ethos mirrors the seamless relationship between these pivotal sectors. Recognising the invaluable impact of renewables investment and its long-term benefits for our communities, it’s essential that we embrace this synergy. The link between Tourism and Renewables presents a golden opportunity for sustainable growth and development throughout our area.

Standing at this critical juncture, our collaboration with Highland Renewables is crucial. Together, we can pave a path toward a brighter future, one that not only enriches our present but also leaves a lasting, positive legacy for future generations.”

Jim Oliver

Managing Director - Fit For Purpose Scotland Ltd

“As a proud Highlander, and someone who cares deeply for this wonderful part of Scotland, I am delighted to come on board as a Highland Renewables Ambassador. In my role as MD of Fit For Purpose Scotland Ltd, I am responsible for looking at ways to transition from fossil burning energy to renewable clean energy and this fits perfectly with the Highland Tourism (CIC) and Highland Renewables focus – ensuring a bright and prosperous future for the environment and people of the Highlands of Scotland.”

Stuart Davidson

BayWa r.e.

“We are delighted to join Highland Renewables. As we at BayWa r.e. progress the development of our Corriegarth 2 Wind Farm project near Gorthleck, we are committed to supporting the Highlands and its unique tourism industry. Renewable energy projects bring a host of benefits to local economies, and we are extremely excited to see the renewables sector contributing so positively towards the visitor experience of the Highlands and its beautiful scenery, rich history and second-to-none recreational opportunities.”

Steve Dunlop

Chief Executive Officer at FOR:EV

“I’m delighted that FOR:EV is able to sponsor Highland Renewables and that I have the opportunity to join the steering group at this exciting time for the organisation. The importance of sustainability to the core values and proposition for the Highlands’ tourism offer and to the future of economic prosperity as a whole is undoubted. Now is the time to really push this agenda forward and deliver the impacts that we all aspire to.”

Kenneth Reid

Principal Consultant Onshore Renewables Team, ERM

“I have built my career on the development of renewable energy, and I am proud that I can further support the energy transition through my role as a Highland Renewables Ambassador.  Whilst a lot of work has been done in both the renewables and tourism sectors to drive them forward in recent years, I believe that bringing these two industries together and sharing their resources can really unlock a step change in opportunity for the region”

Angus G MacLeod

WJM

“Bringing renewables and tourism closer together in the Highlands has the potential to prove the maxim that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts’. Sustainable communities and a thriving economy can go hand-in-hand if we strike the right balance and get the interactions right. Indeed, for the future of the Highlands & Islands, they must. I and my colleagues at WJM are excited at what’s in prospect!”

Callum Cruden

Director at RI Cruden Ltd

“I am proud to be a Highland Renewables ambassador. Renewable energy is at the heart of our business at RI Cruden but is also a long-held passion of mine. The Highlands of Scotland has a unique history with renewable energy, and there is huge potential moving forward. Working together, we can help to  create opportunities for a sustainable future”

Michael Mackay

Head of Construction at Field

“The Highlands are central to the UK’s energy future. Nowhere in Britain has better natural resources to power the country with cheap, clean energy. The work we’re doing in the Highlands – building battery storage sites to harness some of that clean energy – will play a vital part in meeting Britain’s decarbonisation goals.

 

We’re proud and excited to support the development of the Highlands economy, and grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received so far. 

On a personal note, it’s a huge privilege to come on board as an ambassador. Born, raised and now residing in the islands, I strongly believe the whole region can benefit from the energy transition.”

George Baxter

Director of Development at GreenPower International

“Tourism and renewable energy have a rich and long history in the Highlands and Islands, growing and working alongside each other – and the need and opportunity to work together for the common good has never been greater. So I am delighted to support Highland Tourism and Highland Renewables.

“The collective response required to tackle the climate crisis needs new and bolder ideas and more urgent, positive action. It is an opportunity to create healthier, living landscapes and vibrant, sustainable communities with skills and good jobs – to create a place that houses, supports, connects and nourishes as much its own people as its visitors – and renewable energy has a massive role to play and contribution to make in that endeavour.”

George Goudsmit

AES Solar

“I am absolutely delighted to be part of this forward looking group of likeminded renewabalists. Although AES Solar started some 45 years ago, we are still at the beginning of huge and exciting initiatives. Our area is ideally positioned for the birth and development of disruptive innovations in the energy field.”

Willie Cameron

Business Development at Cobbs Group

“I believe the Highlands is on the cusp of greatness and the birth of Highland Renewables is a fundamentally important enabler in achieving a great ambition the community have to be a world leader in sustainability.

“As a passionate Highlander, I will continue to share my passion for two great industries, tourism and renewables, working as one, to make a great thing happen for the Highlands.”

Peter Kane

Kane Partnership

“Renewable energy and tourism are vital to the Highlands and Islands.

“Working together can increase understanding between the two sectors as to how we can improve the economy whilst protecting the region’s precious environment. I’m proud to be a Highland Renewables Ambassador.”