Clive Sheppard

Northern Scotland

Clive has thirty years experience in the Highlands working within the voluntary sector; including setting up one of the first young persons' social enterprise in Sutherland, which provided work that enabled them to stay in their community.


Before this, Clive was employed as Project Coordinator during the setting up of the Gorgie City Farm project in Edinburgh. Until June 2007 he was employed as the first Development Coordinator for HISEZ CIC, based in Inverness, delivering support and training to social enterprises throughout the Highlands and Islands. He has been an Associate Tutor with the Academy since 2006.

Clive has been an enthusiastic activist within his own community and was a founding member of a group which resulted in the first community buy-out of an Estate by the Assynt Crofters Trust. Subsequently he has been a director of Assynt Foundation who now run a 40,000 acre estate in Assynt.

He has also been involved in the running of a community owned Leisure and Learning Centre, the Village Hall Arts and Entertainments group, the community buy-out of the Lochinver Mission cafe and bunkhouse and a director of Community Care Assynt which runs a highly successful Day Care Centre which was threatened with closure by the local Council.

Clive has recently moved to the Far North of Scotland where he and his French wife, Laurence, run a thriving craft business.