The Team

Meet the folk behind the project.

Robin Herrick

Robin is a consulting engineer with years of experience on the Dounreay nuclear site, helping rip the guts out of the famous fast reactor Sphere. Naturally drawn to unusually shaped buildings, and possibly exhibiting some repressed interest in being an architect, he has found a role in the Caithness Broch Project team as Chief Engineer, CAD guru, occasional drone pilot, and, since 2018, chairman and project manager.

Iain Maclean

The man who first dreamt up the concept of the Broch Project for Caithness. Iain is a time-served builder with twenty years' experience in the trade working all over the Highlands and Islands. He has a special interest in working with stone and enjoys using traditional skills. He's passionate about localism and has been involved in various community groups and events over the past decade. He has a long-held passion for history and archaeology, and spends much of his spare time tramping around both known and unknown sites. Quite often he's found buried in a book about ancient Greek or Roman history, or mapping ancient tribes.

Kenneth McElroy

Kenneth is one of the founding members of the Broch Project. He has a long-standing interest in the history, archaeology and tourist economy of Caithness. Kenneth is currently studying Archaeology at the University of Glasgow, where he was nominated as a 'Future World Changer' in 2018.

Dawn Mackay

Dawn Mackay is an Architectural Technician living in Thurso, though originally from Bettyhill in Sutherland. She became interested in the Broch Project when she met her partner Iain Maclean. Her job as an Architectural Technician means she has an interest in the design and engineering solutions which are involved in the project. Her degree is in geography and she has travelled extensively worldwide although now with two young children she is settled in Thurso. Dawn enjoys the gym and walking and is regularly found singing at local charity events.

Joanne Howdle

Joanne is a freelance museum consultant and gin tour guide at Dunnet Bay Distillers. She has worked as a museum curator in a variety of institutions including Caithness Horizons, National Museums Liverpool and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Since moving to Caithness she has developed an interest in the Iron Age in Scotland, with a particular interest in Picts and Vikings.

Chris Aitken

Chris is a native Keisser who lives in Upper Gills with his wife, Caroline, his two sons Callum and Finlay and their dog, Sparky. He has taught Computing Science at Wick High School for 12 years where he has won many awards for his work with Apps for Good and, more recently, with his Inventors’ Club.

Chris has a strong interest in local history and is inspired by the work of many community groups who are dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history of Caithness. In his spare time, he enjoys coastal walking, fishing and spending hours browsing Pastmap.

Pete MacRae

He’s Caithness born and bred but for over 30 years now he’s been working in broadcast journalism. Now Deputy Head of News and Managing Editor with BBC Scotland, Pete brings journalistic, communication and project management skills to CBP. Over the past decade he’s been a project manager on a number of multi-million pound media schemes including the launch of BBC Alba and the new BBC Scotland channel. Another important element of his job is developing talent and training. He is currently strengthening the links between the Higher Education Sector and BBC Scotland. He has a keen interest in history and his hobbies include hill walking and running marathons.

Sarah Lamb

Born and raised in Wick, Sarah’s interest in the Broch Project comes from a love of exploring the landscape of Caithness and the stories it can tell. Since graduating from Heriot-Watt with a degree in Marine Biology, Sarah has worked in various aspects of the fishing industry. Sarah's current job is Development Officer for a funding programme to support fishing communities around Highland and Moray, supporting community-led local development. In her spare time, she can be found travelling the coast enjoying life in her campervan.

Sara Herrick
Mark Gibson

After taking a Masters Degree in Cultural History at York, Mark began a career in HR, employee relations and project management. He was a project manager for the NHS and then worked in Whitehall and York as an HR Policy Specialist. Towards the end of his career he was in employee relations and business transformation. Until his retirement he was a Member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Mark took early retirement to Caithness (an area he has known well for thirty years) to indulge his lifelong interests in cultural history, creative writing and the natural environment. As well as being a member of the Caithness Broch Project, he is a Member and Secretary of the Dunnet and Canisbay Community Council and Vice-Chair of the John O’ Groats Development Trust.

The Caithness Broch Project excites what remains of the teenage archaeologist within his soul and stimulates his love of history and of Caithness.

Magnus Davidson

Originally from the Black Isle but with Caithness and north Sutherland connections, Magnus now lives in Thurso with his family. He works for the Environmental Research Institute investigating the interactions between the environment, the economy, and society. The Caithness Broch Project combines these elements of his work, along with great potential for community benefit, something he feels passionately about. His spare time is spent walking his dogs around the local area and posting the anything he finds interesting on Twitter!

Paul Turner

Paul Turner is originally from the south west of Scotland and has gradually been migrating north. From an early age he has had an interested in history and archaeology; well in castles, battles, hill forts and museums…the real history and archaeology came later.

 

Originally with a background in Information Technology he discovered his true calling was working with wildlife in remote and wild landscapes; and has spent the last ten years working in nature conservation. His many varied interests include archaeology, military history, photography and horses.

 

“I love the vision of the Caithness Broch Project; the experimental archaeology and also the passion for engaging with both local people and visitors. I think it’s really important to help make people aware of the history and archaeology that is present in the county. People only care about things that they have an awareness and understanding of and if we wish to protect our heritage for the future then it is important to engage with people now.”

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