Board of Directors

The Lairg & District Learning Centre is a company limited by guarantee with a board of directors comprising local people with experience and knowledge of Central Sutherland and representing different sectors of the community. The board has overall responsibility for governance matters and for the strategic direction of the centre. Board meetings are held once a month.




Morag MacDonald

Vice Chair

Doreen Mackay


Rita Orr


Sanaa McLeod


Diane Naman


Mary Black


Marjorie Mackenzie



Adrian Owen


Lily Byron


Anne Morrison



Lairg & District Learning Centre currently employs the following staff.

Tutors are contracted on a self-employed basis, paid an hourly or daily rate and are responsible for payment of their own tax and NIC.

Jane Dixon


Paula White

Finance Administrator

Ryan Connelly

Admin Assistant

Tracie Denoon

Training Administrator

Graham Lonsdale

Upcycling Trainer

Our values

Participation and empowerment

Equality for all


Community engagement

Ethical behaviour

Co-operation between enterprises

Our aims

To provide or assist in providing local facilities and resources designed to support lifelong learning and skills development.

To raise awareness of the benefits of lifelong learning and stimulate demand.

To develop pathways that encourage and allow local people to meet their potential.

To support a network of freelance tutors capable of delivering high quality learning at local level.

To promote the benefits of social enterprise for the community.

To move towards increased sustainability.

To foster a progressive learning environment among staff, directors, volunteers and learners.

Our objectives

To develop and deliver a high quality programme of learning and promote it throughout Central Sutherland.

To attract funding that will enable us to offer courses and workshops at subsidised or no cost for those unable to afford standard fees.

To raise a proportion of income through fee paying courses, room hire and service delivery contracts.

To build capacity in the local business community by offering targeted and bespoke training.

To help local people into jobs.

To support a network of freelance tutors in delivering quality local learning.


Lairg and District Learning Centre was set up to meet a demand for learning at local level and opened to the public for the first time in April 2004. Since then, our learner numbers and our range of classes and workshops have expanded year-on-year.

The learning centre is run by three part-time staff and governed by a Board of Directors with considerable local expertise. All of our Directors act in a voluntary capacity. The learning centre is registered as a Scottish Charity SCO 33900 and a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee SC381425.

Business Services

We offer a friendly, well-equipped environment for all sorts of individual and group learning. The facilities include:


Room One – A flexible learning space that can be used for classes, discussion and meetings.  It features state-of-the-art video-conferencing facilities, on a 50-inch plasma display, which is also an interactive whiteboard. Boardroom style layout will accommodate up to twelve delegates; theatre style will accommodate fifteen.  A large whiteboard, flip chart and wireless broadband are available.


Room Two – A flexible learning space that can be used for classes, discussion and meetings.  It features a PC with wall-mounted screen.  Boardroom style layout will accommodate up to eight delegates;  theatre style will accommodate twelve. Wireless broadband and a flipchart are available.


I.T. Suite (upstairs) - A training suite equipped with six workstations, each station fitted with a Windows 8 PC with a range of software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, and internet access.  It also features a computerised whiteboard/ projector, and a flip chart.


Room 3 (upstairs) – a medium sized meeting room featuring a hexagonal table, for 6 delegates.  This room also features two iMacs.


Room 4 (upstairs) – a small meeting room, suitable for one-to-one meetings or sole working.



Lairg & District Learning Centre is registered as a Scottish Charity SCO 33900 and a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee SC381425.

Schoolhouse, Lairg, IV27 4DD

Tel. 01549 402050

© Lairg & District Learning Centre 2015-2017

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