John C Hutchison

John HutchisonJohn is a chartered engineer with a first class degree from Heriot Watt University, his early experience being in steel bridges.   Following four years as Senior Resident Engineer in Skye and Glenelg, in 1975 he became Divisional Road Engineer in Lochaber with Highland Regional Council.

Prior to retiring, John was the Lochaber Area Manager for Highland Council, his role extending across all Council Services at which time he served on Lochaber College board.

Active in campaigns such as the Belford Hospital and the A82 trunk road, John has been deeply involved in the community land movement for 20 years, particularly in Eigg, Knoydart and Rum, and was also a director of Community Land Scotland.   John has chaired the John Muir Trust, the UK’s biggest wild land charity and also led the organisation that established Scotland’s first Rural Parliament, recently standing down as Chair.

A chorister, John has also competed individually at the National Mòd. He is a member of Lochaber Burns Club, a summer mountain leader and a member of Rotary International for which he led a month-long Group Study Exchange to Japan.

A JP for 30 years and an Honorary Sheriff, John is also the Chair of Trustees of the West Highland Museum and Executive Director of Nevis Partnership.   In 2014 he was awarded an MBE for services to the Environment and Community in the Highlands and Islands.