4th – 10th March 2019
Hi everyone, my name is Graham Neville and I live in Muir of Ord, on the Black Isle. I’m the Area Manager for the Northern Isles and North Highland Area, for Scottish Natural Heritage. I’ve been with SNH just over 15 years, having had a variety of policy, advisory, and operations manager roles.
I grew up in Helensburgh. During my time at secondary school with local government reorganisation, Helensburgh became a part of Argyll and Bute – and I do love Argyll. But I moved north in order to secure longer term work opportunities (I was with SNH in Edinburgh briefly) and I don’t regret it for a moment.
I particularly enjoy getting out and enjoying the incredible access we have to nature in our region. I’m a cyclist – cycle touring, road bike and mountain biking- almost always calling by a coffee shop on a ride! I also enjoy swimming, both churning out the lengths in a pool, but particularly wild swimming in the sea, lochs, and rivers. Running occasionally features, as does hillwalking when I can find the time.
When not outdoors, I enjoy playing music- mainly wind instruments (Sax, Clarinet, Flute) and piano. I’m privileged to play with a couple of big bands from time to time, and also a military band which I’ve played with, with a few gaps, for 21 years!
I am married to Dawn, a GP, and we have 2 boys. One of my boys has cerebral palsy with complex additional needs and receives support from St Clements ASN nursery, and we are really grateful for the range of support services from the Health Board, Council and others. All of these allow him to have a quality of life that would otherwise be hard to achieve – including our determined physiotherapist who found a way of helping us keep him supported in the cycle trailer – allowing family rides together.
During my week I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a bit about my work as I visited Orkney and family life back home.
Best wishes to all.