Chief Executive Officer

Shona MacLennan, CEO

Shona MacLennan, originally from Spean Bridge, is the Ceannard (CEO) of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and has been in post for over 4 years. During that time, the Bòrd developed the third National Gaelic Language Plan (2018-23) which was launched in March 2018 by Depute First Minister, John Swinney. In addition, the Bòrd published their corporate plan for 18-23 which sets out how the Bòrd will contribute to achieving the aims in the National Plan.

Shona brings to the Bòrd over 20 years’ experience in business and community development within the Highlands and Islands. She is a Gaelic learner from University of Edinburgh and previously worked at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig as Director of Business and Organisational Development. She has been involved in a wide range of Gaelic initiatives and developments, including working for various Gaelic organisations. Shona has extensive governance and strategic planning experience as well as a sound knowledge of community development.

Her public-sector experience includes governance, strategic planning and community development and growth. She has served as a non-executive director of MG ALBA, Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd, Grampian TV and UHI Ltd.

Shona lives in Kintail where she works on the family croft as well as being chair of the Kinlochshiel Women’s Shinty Club.


David Boag, Director of Language Planning and Community Developments

The Dìrector of language planning provides leadership and direction to the Gaelic Usage team within Bòrd na Gàidhlig – including statutory Gaelic language plans, funding schemes, research projects and corpus development. He works to ensure ensure that the prioirities of the National Gaelic Language Plan are reflected in the statutory Gaelic Language Plans of public authorities, ensure that the prioirities of the National Gaelic Language Plan are reflected in the statutory Gaelic Language Plans of public authorities he also works to ensure that the prioirities of the National Gaelic Language Plan are reflected in the statutory Gaelic Language Plans of public authorities.  Develop and influence appropriate strategies, and to build partnerships with individuals and other organisations in order to grow Gaelic language and culture within communities.

Research and Corpus Planning Manager

Dr Peadar Morgan is in the Usage team, and provides support across Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s services.

Peadar leads on Bòrd policy, partnership and recommendations on corpus planning; matters relating to the language itself, for example vocabulary, grammar and orthography and names.

A major part of his work is compiling and presenting data on population and education in charts, graphs and maps to illustrate the situation of Gaelic for the public and – in more detail – for policy and decision makers.

Peadar is the main contact for researchers working on behalf of Bòrd na Gàidhlig to make sure they become properly acquainted with the state of Gaelic,. In addition, there is much to learn from research and from other languages, and Peadar keeps up to date with new international data which shows challenges or opportunities for Gaelic.


Partnerships & Funding Manager

Brian Ó hEadhra works across the Bòrd na Gàidhlig team and with external partners to ensure that more people are using and benefitting from Gaelic at work, at home and in the community.

He helps ensure that Bòrd na Gàidhlig and external partners are fully engaged with the delivery of strategic collaborations and furthering the aims of the National Gaelic Language Plan.

Brian leads on Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s involvement in international Gaelic language partnership projects in collaboration with other strategic development bodies including Foras na Gaeilge and the Colmcille initiative.


Language Plans Officers

Our Gaelic Language Plans Officers, Anna Walker, Christie Maclean and Kyle Orr, are responsible for advising, guiding and directing relationships with public authorities through the legislative process in developing and publishing the plans. their Gaelic language.

Plan officers also work with colleagues in the Language Planning Team to support the overall effectiveness of the statutory language planning process.


Funding and Projects Officer

Steven Kellow is in charge of co-ordinating the administration and delivery of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s funding schemes. He works with a mixture of public authorities, Gaelic organisations, community groups and individuals to support them in delivering projects that promote Gaelic.


Administrator (Grants)

As a member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s funding schemes team Theresa MacAulay is responsible for the general administration of grants and supporting  the applicants with their projects.


Communications Officer

Marie Duke works as a Communications Officer at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and oversees internal and external communications, including social media, media requests, press releases, events, project support and much more.  She works closely with the various departments of Bòrd na Gàidhlig to support communication initiatives and such like.


Assistant Communications Officer

The Assistant Communications Officer is reponsible for supporting good communication within the organisation and with the public in regard to the Board’s work and the development of Gaìdhlig in general. They shall be working closely with the Board’s Communications Officer implementing actions within the organisation. They shall be producing news articles that will be distributed to the media, the Board website and the Board’s own social media whilst also supporting the organisation’s own team with communication initiatives related to their work.



Jim Whannel, Director of Education

Jim Whannel is the Director of Gaelic Education and leads the Education Team at the Bòrd. Jim works closely with colleagues in the Education Team to fulfil the commitments in the National Plan for Gaelic – working in partnership with a wide range of national agencies, Local Authority education teams and the Scottish Government. He took up the post in 2019.

Education Manager

Our Education Manager, Ann Morrison, is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of the Board’s Corporate and Operational Plans and ensuring that the priorities and actions relating to learning are implemented effectively.

As part of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s education team Ann works with Local Authorities and other stakeholders involved in Gaelic-medium and Gaelic learner education to support the development expansion of these areas of education.


Development Officer (Teachers)

Angela MacLeod has responsibility for supporting Gaelic teachers and Gaelic speaking teachers at all levels, and contributes to the wider work of the education team in supporting schools and local authorities. She has a particular responsibility to provide advice about and advertise the opportunities and benefits of Gaelic teaching to pupils, students and adults in the world of work. These include professional development opportunities, the Education Grants Scheme, school visits and careers fairs.


Education Development Officer

Màiri Morrison is employed as an Education Development Officer within the Education Team at Bòrd na Gàidhlig . Màiri also has responsibility for managing the Early Years Team who keep groups updated with support information and advice throughout Scotland.

Màiri also works closely with Comann nam Pàrant to disseminate early years funding to groups across Scotland and to support numbers of children continuing into Gaelic medium education. She also supports parents and children with advice and information on how to learn and use the language in their homes.  Màiri also organises and plans training for play leaders in partnership with the Early years Team and with Stòrlann. Màiri is also a member of the national early years steering group and also advises on development of resources to help families learn and use the language in their homes.




Head of Finance and Corporate Affairs

As Head of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nicola Pearson has overall responsibility for finance, corporate affairs and operations.  As a member of the SMT, Nicola has a key role in planning and monitoring the strategic direction of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, through the Medium Term Finance Plan (MTFP), budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting processes and works to ensure maximum value for our Grant-in-Aid.  She supports the Finance Administrator in ensuring all day-to-day activities take place with appropriate financial control, ensuring that finance remains fit for purpose and that enhancements to our systems and process are planned and delivered when necessary and also has responsibility for managing the year-end audit process with our external auditors.


In Corporate Affairs, Nicola works closely with the administration team to manage the end-to-end committee and Board meeting processes to support good governance.  Another important aspect in that part of her work is managing the day to day working relationships with Internal and External audit ensuring all recommendations are appropriately implemented;  and managing the progression of actions on Bord na Gaidhlig’s continuous improvement plan.   Nicola also provides support to the Operations Manager, who has oversight of corporate functions, including procurement, IT and HR, and to the Communications team for delivering our internal and external communication strategies.


Finance Administrator

Helen Walker is responsible for all Finance based administration Including accounts and supporting the head of finance.


Operations Manager

Louise Maclean is responsible for leading on and monitoring operations and ensuring that each element of operations complies with regulations and internal processes. She also has responsibilities for business administration, human resources, internal communications and information technology.


Office Manager

Carol Johnson looks after the general office administration for staff, Leadership team and Board Members. Coordinating the functions of the administration team, all travel, meeting and conference arrangements and Senior Management Team and Board secretarial duties are looked after.


Business Administrator

Our Business Administrator, Orla MacDonald, supports the Office Manager in providing support in the management and co-ordination of all aspects of the administrative functions of the organisation. Through her work at Bòrd na Gàidhlig and studying remotely with RGU she is working towards a degree in Business Management.


Administrative Assistant / Training Co-ordinator

In her role as Administrative Assistant and Training Co-ordinator, Morag Ann MacLeod ensures that information is efficiently distributed within the group. In addition to this, she assists with the group’s daily office needs, including the handling of emails and works as the Training Co-ordinator for staff and board members.


Salaries over £58,200

Disclosure of High Earners

In accordance with Scottish Government policy, Bòrd na Gàidhlig now publishes a list of names, job titles and salaries of High Earners (those earning £58,200 or more per year) who are part of the senior leadership of the organisation.

List of High Earners in Bòrd na Gàidhlig at 30/06/2021:

Job Title Pay Notes
Ceannard £76,521 – £84,756
Director of Language Planning & Community Developments £64,698 – £74,675
Director of Gaelic Education £64,698 – £74,675 0.6 Full time equivalent