New Deputy Lieutenant appointed

New Deputy Lieutenant appointed

- 05/09/18

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh has appointed Andrew Townsend from Laide as a Deputy covering Wester Ross.

Mr Townsend’s family relocated to Dundee when he was 14, and his long association with Wester Ross began that year. However, work took him further afield to begin with, first with the Royal Miliary Police in Berlin and then with the Metropolitan Police in London. This was followed by further spell in the West Midlands before his childhood dream was realised: a return to Wester Ross, which he was able to achieve in 2012.

Mr Townsend is married to Debra, amother police officer who retrained to become a professional Counsellor, and they have two children, both at university following their time at Gairloch High School.

Andrew and Debra run the Laide Post Office, General Stores and Filling Station and, following the closure of the Dundonnel Post Office, provide an ‘outreach service’ to the communities there and at Scoraig. Furthermore, Andrew is an active member of the Mountain Bothies Association with a particular responsibility for Shenavall in the heart of the Fisherfield Forest.

Mr Townsend said: ‘Understanding the fragility of the local economy and the resultant exodus of young people from the area I’m committed to providing year round employment opportunities. As such, I actively support apprenticeship places to provide meaningful training for young people wanting to stay in the area’.

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