Tribute paid to Lochaber Council worker

Tribute has been paid to a member of staff of The Highland Council in Lochaber who died in a climbing accident on Ben Nevis on Monday.

Mark Phillips (51) was an environmental health officer with Transport Environmental and Community Services, based at Fulton House, Fort William. He is survived by his wife, Caroline, and teenage son Ruaridh.

Neil Gillies, Director of Transport Environmental and Community Services, said Mark had worked for the Council for 12 years, having moved to Fort William from England. 

He said: “Mark covered the full range of Environmental Health Activities including Food Safety.  He was a popular, helpful and highly valued member of our team in Lochaber and always went about his business in an efficient and professional manner.  He will be sorely missed.”  

Provost of Lochaber Councillor Allan Henderson said: “I am extremely saddened to hear about the passing of our valued colleague. As Councillors, we have always found Mark to be very courteous and helpful and a very valued member of the Highland Council staff.  His death will be sadly mourned by his colleague as well as his family.”

Northern Constabulary news release

27 Feb 2013