New Board Members for High Life Highland 

Published on: March 30th 2023

High Life Highland Vice Chair Michael Golding has announced the appointment of two new Board members to the organisation’s main charity Board, Roddy Henry and Kerry Ross.  

The charity’s Board provides extensive experience in public, private and development agency backgrounds, which is a perfect complement to the scope of High Life Highland’s work.

The High Life Highland Board consists of four elected members from The Highland Council and eight independent Directors, who each bring skills relevant to charity governance. As directors of one of the largest charities in the Highlands, the Board members are responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation and meet several times a year.  

High Life Highland is a charity registered in Scotland, formed in October 2011 by The Highland Council, and the charity strives to make life better. 

Roddy Henry has more than 25 years of experience in Scotland’s education sector. Black Isle resident Roddy is currently the Principal and Chief Executive of a specialist adult education college in Midlothian. Previously he was Deputy Principal of Inverness College UHI, working closely with a range of organisations across the Highlands. 

Roddy Henry said: “Working in colleges and as part of UHI, my focus has always been on designing and delivering high-quality services to meet the needs of the people and communities that the organisation serves. I hope the skills and attributes I have gained in my working life and other voluntary roles will benefit High Life Highland. I am keen to contribute further to Highland communities through my role as a non-executive director with the charity.”

Kerry Ross has recently returned to the Highland area and has worked in the third sector for more than ten years, most recently as Director of Finance and Resources for a UK charity. 

Kerry said: “I was keen to see how I could put my experience to work for other organisations in the third sector. I’ve been a member of HLH for almost ten years now, and whilst I have only engaged on a customer level, I have always been impressed with the organisation.

“I am really looking forward to working with the Executive team and my fellow board members, and I hope that I am able to bring some of my own expertise to the table at an extremely challenging time for publicly-funded and supported organisations.”

Michael Golding, Vice Chair of the High Life Highland Board, said: “We warmly welcome Kerry and Roddy to the High Life Highland Board and look forward to their contributions to the charity’s strategy and governance going forward. I know that the skills and experience they each bring to the table will be a great asset to the charity.” 

“It really is vitally important to have skilled and committed Directors for HLH, and Kerry and Roddy will consolidate the skills and experience from the world of private, public and third sectors on our Board, especially when we have several key projects progressing, including our Levelling Up project as well as the transformation of Inverness Castle, which is due to open as a world-leading tourist attraction in 2025.”