Kenneth MacIver, from Back in Lewis, is the new Chairman of Comunn na Gàidhlig (CnaG). This was agreed at a meeting of the company yesterday (Tuesday 6th November).
Almost everyone in Gaeldom will know 'Coinneach Mòr' through his long-running broadcasting career.
Mr MacIver had been a CnaG board member over the previous 5 years, representing Comhairle nan Eilean. With that experience, and with his commitment to Gaelic and the development effort, the company directors agreed it would be the right step to invite him to return to the board and take on the position as Chairman.
He takes over from Inverness-based lawyer Calum Duncan who has been interim Chair for the last few months.
Mr MacIver said: "I very much enjoyed being involved with CnaG's work over the previous years, and I am delighted to be returning to the organisation. In taking on this responsibility, I have only one objective and that's to do what I can to promote and develop Gaelic. I am well aware of the diversity of CnaG's work and I'll do my best to help take that forward.
"I am also aware that I am only following a long line of experienced people who have chaired the company over the years. I have a great deal of respect for them, and I hope I can be just as committed and progressive during my time in the role."
Comunn na Gàidhlig is one of the organisations working hard to raise the status and strength of Gaelic across Scotland. The company is funded through two key contracts with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, but with important support coming from other organisations such as the local authorities.
The company is engaged in a wide range of activities: from business support, community work; and especially working with young people.
CnaG chief executive, Donald MacNeill said: "Everyone at CnaG has welcomed the news that 'Coinneach Mòr' is going to return to the Board and that he's taken on the Chairman's role. Like everyone else, we know Coinneach well, and we know that he is supportive and committed to Gaelic. There is no doubt that there are challenges ahead, but with support from the board, and the new Chairman, we are optimistic that we can deal with these.
"There is also no doubt that we are making a difference; that Gaelic is on a firmer footing for the future; and that together with government and all our partners, we are creating the conditions for further progress."
For more information contact CnaG chief executive Donald MacNeill on T: 01463 234138