Overview of committee membership and office bearers

The Highland Council is represented by 74 elected members serving 11 four-member wards and 10 three-member wards.

The Highland Council is led by a coalition administration of the SNP and Highland Independent Groups. The opposition group is Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Leadership

  • Leader of the Council: Raymond Bremner, Wick and East Caithness
  • Convener: Bill Lobban, Badenoch and Strathspey
  • Vice Convener: Biz Campbell, Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh
  • Vice Convener: Ken Gowans, Inverness South
  • Leader of the Opposition: Alasdair Christie, Inverness Ness-side
  • Senior Strategic Chair: John Finlayson, Eilean a' Cheò
  • Senior Strategic Chair: Ken Gowans, Inverness South 

Strategic Committees

Communities and Place Committee:
  • Chair: Graham MacKenzie, Dingwall and Seaforth
  • Vice Chair: Hugh Morrison, North, West and Central Sutherland
Corporate Resources Committee:
  • Chair: Derek Louden, Tain and Easter Ross
  • Vice Chair: Calum Munro, Eilean a' Cheò

Economy and Infrastructure Committee:

  • Chair: Ken Gowans, Inverness South
  • Vice Chair: Michael Green, Nairn and Cawdor
Education Committee:
  • Chair: John Finlayson, Eilean a' Cheò
  • Vice Chair: Drew Millar, Eilean a' Cheò

Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Committee:

  • Chair: David Fraser, Aird and Loch Ness
  • Vice Chair: Muriel Cockburn, Badenoch and Strathspey

Housing and Property Committee:

  • Chair: Glynis Sinclair, Culloden and Ardersier
  • Vice Chair: Laurie Fraser, Nairn and Cawdor

Additional Committees and Boards

Audit and Scrutiny Committee:
  • Chair: Trish Robertson, Culloden and Ardersier
  • Vice Chair: Andrew Jarvie, Wick and East Caithness
Climate Change Committee: 
  • Chair: Karl Rosie, Thurso and Northwest Caithness
  • Vice Chair: Kate Willis, Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Gaelic Committee:

  • Chair: Calum Munro, Eilean a' Cheò
  • Vice Chair: Raymond Bremner, Wick and East Caithness

Highland and Western Isles Valuation Joint Board:

  • Convener: Laurie Fraser, Highland Council 
  • Depute Convener: Donald Crichton, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Highland Council/NHS Highland Joint Monitoring Committee

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Pensions Committee

  • Chair: Thomas MacLennan, Fort William and Ardnamurchan
  • Vice Chair: Derek Louden, Tain and Easter Ross

Pensions Board

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Regulatory Committees

North Planning Applications Committee (Wards 1-10):
  • Chair: Drew Millar, Eilean a' Cheò
  • Vice Chair: Karl Rosie, Thurso and Northwest Caithness

South Planning Applications Committee (Wards 11-21):

  • Chair: Thomas MacLennan, Fort William and Ardnamurchan
  • Vice Chair: Paul Oldham, Nairn and Cawdor

Planning Review Body:

  • Chair: Thomas MacLennan, Fort William and Ardnamurchan
  • Vice Chair: Drew Millar, Eilean a' Cheò
Highland Licensing Committee
  • Chair: Sean Kennedy, Dingwall and Seaforth
  • Vice Chair: Karl Rosie, Thurso and Northwest Caithness
Highland Licensing Board
  • Convener: Jackie Hendry, Inverness Ness-side
  • Vice-Convener: Emma Knox, Aird and Loch Ness

City and Local Committees

Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee:

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Black Isle Committee 

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Caithness Committee

  • Chair: Ron Gunn, Thurso and Northwest Caithness
  • Vice Chairs: Struan Mackie, Thurso and Northwest Caithness and Jan McEwan, Wick and East Caithness
  • Provost of Thurso: Struan Mackie, Thurso and Northwest Caithness
  • Provost of Wick: Jan McEwan, Wick and East Caithness
City of Inverness Area Committee:
  • Provost: Glynis Sinclair, Culloden and Ardersier
  • Leader of Inverness and Area: Ian Brown, Inverness Millburn 
  • Depute Provost of Inverness and Area: Jackie Hendry, Inverness Ness-side
  • Depute Provost of Inverness and Area: Morven Reid, Culloden and Ardersier
  • Depute Leader of Inverness and Area: Chris Ballance, Aird and Loch Ness

Dingwall and Seaforth Area Committee

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Easter Ross Area Committee 

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Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee:

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Lochaber Committee:
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Nairnshire Committee
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  • Provost of Nairn: 

Sutherland County Committee

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Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh Committee 

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