Finance & Admin

The interests and aspirations of the various Applecross communities on the peninsula are hugely relevant to all decisions made by the Trust, no matter how large or small. In recent years the Trust has sourced and invested over £6 million so it is important that the community has faith in the Trust’s ability to make the right choices and that there is transparency in the decision making process. A team of people are employed by the Applecross Trust to manage the estate and its finances.

Archie MacLellan

Trust Executive Administrator

Email: admin@applecross.org.uk

Address: The Applecross Trust, Old Bank House, Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EH

Tel: 07484 047250

Mike Summers

Farm Manager

Mike also co-ordinates the Estate property maintenance and Tourist Letting.

Email: mike@applecross.org.uk

Address: Applecross Trust Estate Office, Applecross House, Applecross IV54 8LS

Tel: (01520) 744209

David Abraham

Deer Manager

Email: david@applecross.org.uk

Address: Applecross Trust Estate Office, Applecross House, Applecross IV54 8LS

Susie Whiteford

Trust Administration

Other Staff

Darren Jones

Contract dyking and ghillie work.


As well as attending regular Applecross Community Forum meetings, and various other visits to Applecross, The Applecross Trust meets twice yearly for an extensive meeting, reviewing all of the current projects, and plans for the future. The latest meeting took place 7 September 2020 in Applecross (with the relevant social distancing measures). This was a welcome change after a long lockdown period of online communication and remote working. The next meeting will be in the Spring of 2021.

Chairman: Rodger HARVEY-JAMIESON

Rodger was a Founding Trustee and for 30 years a partner in Murray Beith & Murray, an Edinburgh law firm, and has wide experience with connections to other Scottish charities. He is experienced in commercial negotiations and is responsible for the Kishorn development.

David Bertie is a very experienced Land Manager, running his own estate in Dumfries & Galloway, which includes fishing and shooting. He has experience in all aspects of farming practice, agricultural and environmental schemes. The estate has the oldest Belted Galloway herd in the world, with the majority of offspring sold for breeding. David puts great importance on breeding animals in the way they should be, using the hill land, and working alongside the environmental aspects of farming. David is responsible overseeing for Applecross House, the stalking tenant, and the stalking activity.

Kenneth McDiarmid FRICS is one of the senior Land Agents in the UK with 40 years of experience. He first came to Applecross in the 1960s and has continued his association to this day. He is the Trustee responsible for the Farming enterprise.

Valerie Macpherson has recently taken over the role of Vice Chair of the Applecross Trust. She lives near Newtonmore where she helps to run her husband’s hill farm and estate. She is involved with the Clan Macpherson Museum there as its Treasurer, and also spends part of her time in Edinburgh where she is a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice Bureau. Valerie has particular interest in gardens, public access and heritage.

Arthur Macdonald is a Torridon crofter and currently chair of his Township Committee. He has previously worked as team leader and manager with the Crofters and Crofting Commission, as area secretary with the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Training Advisor with the Agricultural Training Board. He is currently Director and Chair of Dunain Community Woodland.

Alasdair Macdonald lives in Fife. He is a Director of a company in Dunfirmline. Sensorium Ltd supplies call and communication systems for nursing homes and hospitals around Scotland. The company specialises in providing assistive technology for people with special needs. Project planning and implementation is his forte.

Professional advice and support to the Trust is provided by:


Gillespie MacAndrew WS

5 Atholl Crescent




Saffery Champness

Kintail House

Beechwood Park




Cazenove Capital Management Ltd

12 Moorgate




Clydesdale Bank

Longman Branch

32 Longman Road