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Macaulay College has an incredibly dedicated staff team, who bring many skills, talents and a wide range of interests to their role.

"The service is excellent, particularly too the fact that you can supply 1-to-1 service , which we as parents would find it hard to find suitable people."

Marie, parent of student

Here's a little bit about our wonderful staff, in their own words!


Roland Engebretsen


Roland has a BA Hons in Fine Art and has been involved in supporting people with additional support needs for 30 years, in a wide variety of settings. Roland had the idea for Macaulay College in his teens and has been working towards it ever since. Always has a bit of baler twine in his pocket.


Rebecca Lindsay


Rebecca has a BA Hons in Fine Art and a background in arts eduction and business. Becca can often be found baking or driving trailers of horses round the island.


Jo-Ann McConnachie

Development Worker

Jo-Ann has a background in art, teaching and community work. Since joining the team she has discovered she LOVES gardening. She truly enjoys working at Macaulay College. ‘The team; students and staff are amazing. There is such a great sense of fun, caring and creativity here’.


Gayle Walker

Support Worker

Gayle has a background in education, both in mainstream and additional support needs settings. She is a fluent German speaker and she loves to bake. She enjoys working with the students to create our delicious jams and chutneys.


Lyndsay Morrison

Support Worker


John Nicolson

Support Worker


David Stodart

Support Worker


Helen Buchan

Support Worker


Alex Macleay

Support Worker

Alex has previously worked in retail, she enjoys her photography and art and has a keen interest in  psychology. Working with the students on the farm; Alex says, ‘she's found her fit.’


Jessie Welsh

Support Worker

Jessie spent many years working as a Paediatric nurse. She also spent several years working for Action for Children, caring for "looked after" children and working with children and young people with additional needs. She enjoys creative activities like knitting and sewing and also really loves animals and music.


Rachel Bibby

Support Worker

Rachel has experience in Training, Youth Work and Human Resources. She has a certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science. She is also a professional photographer with a love of exploring the world; her ambition is to photograph a polar bear in the wild.

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Lorna Thomson

Support Worker

Lorna has many years experience as a support worker. She enjoys looking after people and is training to become a paramedic. Her hobbies include running, and then running some more.

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Neil Macrury

Support Worker

Neil has worked in construction all his life. He has a sporting background, football and running coaching at various different age groups. Very much outdoors person, at work and play. Happiest when in the Harris hills. Also has a 50p and £2 collection that anyone is welcome to add to!


Maggie Macleod

Support Worker

Maggie started out working in childcare and now works with both adults and children in different settings. A self professed cheesy pop queen, she has a penchant for buying cool but unnecessary kitchen gadgets, which only fuels her love of cooking and baking.


Steve McConnachie

Support Worker

Steve joined the team recently.  He is originally from Aberdeenshire and has a farming background.  He works as an agricultural mechanic and is happiest on a tractor or working in the polycrub.  


Fiona Widdison

Support Worker

Fi has been a hairdresser for 30 years, has always enjoyed anything arty and crafty, and loves gardening. Since moving to Lewis 5 years ago, she found her happy place and can normally be found up a hill or out on the beach, always with her dog, Glen, by her side.


Catherine Macritchie

Support Worker

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