Friends of Millport Town Hall Team

This steering group was set up following members of the community coming forward with a united aim to make this building an asset which will benefit the Island, its residents, visitors and economy. The group compromises currently of 18 members with representatives from all major groups, residents and local business owners.   This is a truly representative group who will forge a new united way of working going forwards with a view to enabling an asset owned by the community and run by the community.

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ANGIE MCCALLUM - CHAIR
Angie started her life as a Teacher, working in both Secondary and Primary Education.   She then moved to Ealing School’s Music Service and subsequently to Met Film School at Ealing Film Studios. A move into Third Sector working resulted in ten years spent as a Manager with Oxfam, becoming CEO of a charitable Time Bank organisation and then becoming a Manager with a Somerset Homeless Person’s Charity.  Angie has a passion for Music and Theatre and has performed in many shows and choirs, she has taught Dance and undertaken some choreography work
John McNeilly - Treasurer

John has spent more than forty years working in the newspaper industry as a journalist.  He has worked as Deputy Editor with the Scotsman for many years and his last job in Scotland was as Scottish Editor of the Sunday Times.  Fleet Street London jobs were as Night News Editor on the Financial Times and work with the Sunday Telegraph.

He has happily retired to the beautiful Island of Cumbrae.

MARI WALLACE - SECRETARY

Born and educated in Millport and Rothesay Academy, Mari is a fourth generation Millportonian.  

Mari qualified as a primary school teacher and undertook post graduate qualifications in Support for Learning. She worked as a head teacher in special schools in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire and also as an Associate Assessor for HMIe. She was awarded an MBE for services to education in Scotland.

Mari has fulfilled her retirement dream and is now happily back living in Millport. She is an enthusiastic member of Millport Scottish Country Dancers and also enjoys attending Millport Historical Society and SWI. 

RHONA GOURLEY - VICE CHAIRPERSON

Rhona is a retired Principal Teacher of music and one time Music Co-ordinator for NAC Education department. She worked closely with NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) to bring choral workshops to the primary and secondary pupils of North Ayrshire.

Semi-retired to the island she loves, she continues in post as Music director of St.Columba's Parish Church, Largs as well as filling her time with "Sonoro" Millport's very own community choir, which she set up, playing bridge and gardening.