The Three Harbour Association (3HA) Management Group is primarily responsible for the financial success of Cullen Sea School (CSS). Our Board Members come from a wide range of backgrounds; a number of whom have experience in delivering long-term government sponsored programmes and private business projects.
Our Project Coordinator – Katalin Urquhart – is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. She previously coordinated the Moray European Fisheries Fund and has extensive knowledge of business and project development, fundraising and social media, as well as a personal interest in sailing.
Katalin will be on maternity leave during the first half of 2017, and her position will be covered by Mhairi McLean from Portknockie. Mhairi is a freelance business writer who brings extensive management and international business experience to the table.
Meet our Management Group!
Ashley Mowat is a retired Professor of Medicine/Gastro Enterology with significant experience in creating, monitoring and controlling large high-value projects within the health service. Ashley is currently responsible for raising Cullen Sea School funds, involving public and private sources as well as business sponsorship.
Malcolm Watt has many years of international experience at Senior Management and Board level in Blue Chip PLCs and until his recent retirement has advised over 200 companies in the oil and gas sector on international business development and strategy.
Blair Ritchie helped to run his family insurance broking business where he specialised in risk management and liability insurance, together with loss adjusting. Sailing clubs and private schools were among his clients. Blair now oversees both the Three Harbours Association and the Cullen Sea School accounts and insurances.
Our Secretary, Rosie Pye, has a background in education spanning 40 years, the majority of which was spent in senior managerial roles. Rosie is one of our keen boatbuilders and is known for her enthusiasm in drumming up local interest in rowing.
Our other lovely Management Group Members:
Bert Reid is our Lead Boatbuilder and brings with him a vast array of skills in boat-building and restoration. His passion for boat-building spans generations; his father made clinker-built boats in Orkney and Portknockie. Bert also worked as a Harbour Master for Moray Council for over 20 years and his experience and skills are crucial to the Sea School, not least in establishing our SQA-accredited boatbuilding and woodworking course.
Trevor Wilson is a retired General Practitioner, having enjoyed Senior Management status in his practice and being involved in strategic decision-making for Moray Local Health Care. He is an active member of Findochty Water Sports Club (FWSC Treasurer) and was part of the working group that initiated the building of the St Ayles skiff “Morag” which he continues to row when time allows.
Duncan Pockett is a retired Police Officer who has vast sea-faring experience. He started working life on the Aberdeen Trawlers, progressing to Navigating Officer in the Merchant Navy and then an RNLI crew-member for over 20 years (concurrent to his Police Service). He is an experienced yachtsman with impressive certification.
Linsey Horberry has over 12 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in quality management roles within the realm of eLearning. She is also experienced in developing and maintaining company quality management systems to international and industry standards, and auditing processes to ensure continuing compliance. Linsey is a regular rower and active member in the Cullen Sea School Rowers Group.
The Management of the Cullen Sea School aim to be transparent and encourage more volunteers to get involved.