About Us

The Moray LEADER Programme is part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community LEADER 2014-2020 Programme.

The Programme is overseen by a public-private partnership called the Local Action Group (LAG). The LAG is made up of representatives of the public, private and third sectors and independent members from across Moray. The Chair of the LAG is Alastair Kennedy and the Vice Chair is Dr Bea Jefferson.

The main duties of the LAG include animating and promoting the LEADER programme locally, assessing, and appraising applications, providing feedback to successful and unsuccessful applicants, and monitoring and evaluating progress. The LAG meet formally on a quarterly basis to review applications, always ensuring the links to the Local Development Strategy and LEADER key themes are sustained by the projects.

Minutes of LAG meetings can be found here.


Local Action Group Members

The Moray LEADER Team

Programme Manager

Norman MacAskill

Norman MacAskill has worked in the third sector for 15 years, latterly with the charity Lead Scotland and, before that, as Head of the Rural Team at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). His previous jobs have included archaeological researcher, IT consultant and Political Organiser. Norman is a Director of Care Farming Scotland and the International Rural Network. He was brought up in the fishing village of Lochinver in the north-west Highlands.

Development Officer

Michelle Gillibrand

Michelle, who has a BSc Hons degree in Applied Zoology and a diploma in Life Coaching, brings an array of skills and experience across the public, third and private sectors. She has worked in Moray for nearly 30 years, mainly in the areas of community, leisure, health provision and development, hospitality and retail. Michelle is a strong advocate of community engagement and involvement both in her professional and personal life and sits on the Moray Local Outdoor Access Forum.

Finance and Administration Officer

Davina Maclennan

Davina has worked in Moray over the last 25 years and has a diverse background in Business Management having worked both in public and private sectors.  Davina brings a wealth of experience supporting teams in aspects of business, administration and financial management.  In 2013, Davina successfully gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership.