Skye-born Mr Campbell has been at the forefront of the promotion of Gaelic for near forty years, having had a career in broadcasting with the BBC before holding the post of Chief Executive at Comunn na Gàidhlig. As well as serving on the boards of most of the Gaelic organisations over the years, Allan initiated and led the campaign which led to the Gaelic Language (Scotland) 2005 Act and the establishing of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and he became the first CEO of the Bord.
Allan’s contribution to Gaelic development was recognised by the award of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2008.
Allan Campbell was appointed President of An Comunn Gàidhealach in 2017.
Danny Macrae is from Leverburgh, Isle of Harris, and was educated in Harris and at the Inverness Royal Academy. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Scotland and served a number of places in the North and West of Scotland thoughout his 42 year career in banking. Danny retired from his role as Business Manager in Oban in 2013.
Now living in Connel, Argyll, Danny has helped with Provincial and National Mòds in the area over the years. In 2015, Danny was treasurer for the Royal National Mòd’s Local Organising Committee and was treasurer for Oban Provincial Mòd in 2014 and 2015. Danny is also the treasurer of The Gaelic Language Promotion Trust and has been a trustee for a number of years.
Danny was appointed a director of An Comunn Gàidhealach in 2016 and is Vice President of the organisation. He also chairs the Mòd Standing Committee and is a member of the Corporate Affairs Committee.
Janet was born and brought up in Tobermory, in Mull, and in fact she still lives there. She graduated in Gaelic and Mathematics from Edinburgh University, and spent many years teaching those two subjects. She won the Gold Medal in Inverness in 1984, but before that she competed in many Local and National Mods. She was a member of the “Sound of Mull” group, which was very well known in the 70s and 80s. She still sings with the Mull Choir.
She has worked for the Gaelic cause all her life. Since stopping teaching full time, she has worked for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, tutoring students of An Cùrsa Inntrigidh, and other college courses. She is also involved with the running of the Mull Local Mod, the Mull & Iona Gaelic Partnership, and any other initiatives which support the language. Janet likes to ensure that the Gaelic of Argyll has a high profile, where possible!
In 2017, at the start of the Lochaber Mòd, she was honoured to be presented with the Gaelic Ambassador of the Year award by the Scottish Government.
Donald joined An Comunn Gaidhealach (and the SYHA!) in 1982 when he went to work in London. He became involved in running the Lewis Provincial Mod in the early nineties and moved forward with Mòd Ionadail Leodhais in 2001. He was joint treasurer at the National Mods held in the Western Isles in 2001 and 2005 and Treasurer for 2011; he joined the board as one of the 2 representatives from the Western Isles Region in 2007. He worked as a Software Analyst for the local council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar since going ‘back’ to Lewis in 1987 until he retired in 2011. His main leisure pursuits are hill walking and travel.
As a Glasgow born,of Harris parents, at the age of 5 I had no English when I started primary School.This was relatively common where I lived in Glasgow and we were known as the Glasgow Gaels. During my 40 year career with BT I had the opportunity of speaking Gaelic daily to my colleagues and customers.
My only regret is the Gaelic Medium Education came far too late for me to benefit. However , since retirement from BT I have learnt to be able to read Gaelic although writing is still a bit of a struggle.
Being a member of An Comunn Gaidhealach Board has given me the opportunity to contribute to the furtherance of the Gaelic language and culture which I appreciate and endeavour to contribute to the best of my ability.
David Cannon represents Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), the main commercial supporter of the Royal National Mod, on the board of An Comunn. A journalist by training, David has more than 30 years experience in press and public relations in both public and private sectors. As CalMac’s Public Affairs Manager he is responsible for CalMac’s relationships with the media and Parliament and is the senior manager responsible for developing and implementing the company’s Gaelic Language Plan. He attended his first Royal National Mod in Falkirk in 2008 and has been a key member of the CalMac team which has been working to raise the company’s profile at the event. He has a strong affinity with the Gàidhealtachd having worked for the former Highlands and Islands Development Board in the 1980s and has enjoyed rekindling his relationship with the area since joining CalMac.
Brought up in Taynuilt and Oban, Alisdair has been attending Mods most of his life winning the Gold Medal in Blairgowrie in 1996, Silver Pendant in Edinburgh in 1986 and James C. Macphee medal in 1976.
He is a former President of Oban Gaelic Choir and also sang with Taynuilt, Inverness and the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association.
Now living in Inverness, He is the Convenor for the 2020 Royal National Mòd which will be held in Inverness and also a member of Meur Inbhir of An Comunn Gaidhealach
Alisdair also presents a weekly Ceilidh on North Highland Radio.