Who We Are & What We Do...

We are involved in a range of projects and initiatives in the Cairndow area. These initiatives aim to empower our community, make us self-sustaining in the future and ensure we keep vital connections to our past.


Our projects range from exhibitions on the local village and community to renewable energy projects.

If you are interested to find out more about our projects or would like to contribute in any way, please to not hesitate to get in touch.

Our Power wood chipper

How we are organised...

Here we are organisation chart


Who We Are...

Find out about the dedicated team of people who give their time and energy to Here We Are.


Christina Noble

Christina Noble

Christina is the project director and driving force behind Here We Are, constantly thinking of innovative ideas and creating worthwhile projects.

Her pro-active attitude to developing a thriving community is an inspiration to others. Christina spends a great deal of time seeking funds to allow Here We Are to continue its groundbreaking work and pushing forward our various initiatives.

Greta Cameron

Greta Cameron

Greta has now taken on the weekly admin for the SJ Noble Trust. This is an onerous task to make sure all enquiries have been answered and contact – and repayment of loans – are kept up to date with those who have received funds. In addition she does holiday cover and also lends her experience whenever we have a function.

Lorna Watt

Lorna Watt

Lorna manages all administrative aspects of Our Power, the woodchip, biomass plant. In addition she is secretary of its Community Interest Company.

She is also secretary to The Merk Hydro scheme, works with Greta on the renewable energy audit and does the larger part of grant applications.


John MacDonald

John MacDonald

John has several hats. He is chair of the HWA committee, and he is Director of Our Power and of the Merk Hydro. He listens to our moans and gives us a good deal of sensible advice. And in addition he volunteers time to help out with the biomass plants both chipping and delivering.

John Smart

John Smart

John has run our chipping business from the beginning, this involves ordering timber, chipping and delivering. Unruffled he deals with issues over slivers in the chips or last minute panic calls for deliveries to Lochgilphead.

Dom Adams

Dom Adams

Dom’s experience on the shores of Loch Fyne, looking after oysters, lead to his knowledge of and interest in the creatures that live in the loch. He attends to the aquarium conscientiously and his enthusiasm for it is infectious.


Colin Stevenson

Colin Stevenson

We were fortunate that when Colin Stevenson retired from the Paddle Wheel in Inveraray he was willing to come to work with us. We are particularly lucky that he is available at weekends. Comments in our visitors’ book like “lovely chat and very interesting” indicate that he enjoys explaining the centre to visitors.

Helen McRaild

Helen is the centre manager and is in overall charge of the office administration and its stock. In addition she manages the Argyll and Bute Service Point and our meeting room bookings as well as the shop selling outdoor goods, maps etc. She does the day to day book keeping and banking for HWA itself.

Alastair Barge

Alastair Barge

Alastair was on the board of AIE, is a trustee of the SJNoble Trust. He is a halibut farmer and has many years’ experience of business in Argyll and its impediments.


Roy Foster

Roy Foster

Roy is senior partner in CR Foster Ltd, our partners in the Merk Hydro scheme. He and his brother Martin have built and run their own very successful hydro schemes at Achnamara, as well as having recently bought a large scheme further north. We are lucky that they find a joint venture with a small community something they want to do. Without them the Merk Hydro would not have been possible.

Dot Chalmers

Dot Chalmers

Dot created our Adlib archive of photos and documents. From that she went on to project manage Our Houses: Their stories which involved all liaison with the Heritage Lottery Fund. She inputted all information for this onto the data base, and then cross referenced it all for the website and interactive kiosk. She was also the lead liaison person for community contributions and participation.

Alice Beattie

Alice Beattie

Alice is an invaluable assistant in all things to do with local history. Were it not for Alice many a Here We Are Project would never have got off the ground. During this year in particular she corrected and detailed information for Our Houses:Their Stories, and even did the interior decoration for the 1950’s model house.


Alexander Miles

Alexander Miles

As well as being a committee member Alexander looks after our website updating and links to local events and other sites

Alistair MacCallum

Alistair MacCallum

Alistair has inexhaustible local knowledge particularly in relation to agriculture. As referred to elsewhere his meticulous rainfall records came in useful to the hydro scheme. He assists with the biomass wood chipping as needed.

Deidre Forsyth

Deidre Forsyth

Deirdre is a retired lawyer and deals with all personnel issues, gives us legal advice when needed and keeps our committee meetings and AGMs on the straight and narrow. As well as keeping us cheerful.


Glyn Topliss

Glyn Topliss

Glyn is our committee secretary and has the unenviable task of making sense of everyone’s mumbling round the meeting table, and then writing up and circulating his notes.

Neil Colburn

Neil Colburn

Neil is the manager of the Tree shop next door to HWA. The café there provides us with daily lunches and does the catering for people using our meeting room. Neil can be depended on as a friendly helpful neighbour as well as having good ideas at the committee meetings

Gregor Cameron

Gregor Cameron

Gregor’s, childhood and formative years were spent in Cairndow. We are very fortunate to have his skills and tenacity (and good humour) as the driving force for a variety of projects towards our business growth including the Clachan biomass heat project, and crucially, The Merk Hydro.