Who we are

Rachel Humphries, Centre Director (currently on maternity leave)

In the six years Rachel has been Director there have been many improvements to the centre, including gaining regular funding from Creative Scotland, the garden project, the construction of the Straw Bale studio and the move to independence. Outside work, Rachel can be found herding goats on her croft, creating pottery or crafting scenarios for her role playing group.


Sarah Kinghorn, Acting Centre Director & House Manager

Sarah makes sure that every person who visits the centre is well fed, comfortable and indoor and outdoor maintenance is taken care of, in her role as house manager. She works towards making our operations more sustainable and tends to our partnership courses. In her spare time, she can  be found helping to build a straw bale house which will soon be her family home.

Mark Donald Phimister, Centre Host 


Mark joined our team in 2014 as an intern, and now looks after the hospitality side of our courses. He works closely with the tutors and students to ensure they are well cared for, and also runs our bookshop and Literary Collective. He has recently begun an online MFA in Creative Writing through Manchester Metropolitan University.


Ruth Tauber, Communications Manager

Ruth joined Moniack Mhor in 2014 as the Marketing Coordinator. As well as managing production of the yearly brochure, she develops new projects, runs the website, social media and booking system. In winter, she sometimes skis to work and outside work she makes films, writes about rivers, travels and plays canoe polo.


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Heather Clyne, Administrator

A recent graduate in Scottish Gaelic from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Isle of Skye, Heather has a passion for Gaelic placenames and poetry. When not answering the emails and clearing the snow off the car park at Moniack Mhor, she is tending her ever increasing flock of hens, each named after a Scottish fiddle player.


Portrait - Eilidh Smith croppedEilidh Smith, Youth Programme Coordinator

Eilidh has recently joined the team at Moniack, helping to deliver our programme of activity for young writers. Her career has lead her from journalism, to education, through the environmental sector to the arts. Living in Strathpeffer she reckons she has one of the best commutes in the UK, possibly the world.


Version 2Laura Donald, Relief Centre Assistant

Laura helps out Mark and Sarah, and can usually be found trying to keep the fires going. She also does a bit of social media and website work for the Youth Programme. She writes whenever she can, mostly literary fiction with fantasy twists. When not working she’s usually out walking in the woods with her two dogs.


richmond-clementsRichmond Clements, Communications Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

Richmond is delighted to be working at Moniack Mhor, which he thinks is, the most magical place on Earth. In his spare time (ha!) he writes and edits comics and graphic novels and watches too many movies.


Cynthia Rogerson, Relief Centre Assistant and Tutor

Cynthia was the programmer at Moniack Mhor for many years, now she helps out as relief centre assistant. She is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories, as well as the winner of the VS Pritchett Prize and a Royal Literary Fellow at Dundee University. Originally from California, she loves winter because it is good for writing.


Kelsey Morse, Relief Centre Assistant

Kelsey worked on the planning and delivery of creative writing opportunities for young people in the Highlands and beyond for four years and is now a relief centre assistant. Hailing from Indiana, where she taught English, she has embraced Highland life with enthusiasm, so much so that the odd Scottish twang slips into her accent. She is also a trained yoga teacher.


Cashew 1Cashew, Welcome Committee

Cashew grew up in France. Since relocating to the Highlands, and taking up the post of welcome committee, her interest in chasing things and walking in the hills has only increased. She looks forward to welcoming you to Moniack Mhor, especially if you throw her a stick.



Board of Management:

Nicky Guthrie – Chair, Kit Fraser – Treasurer, John Glenday – Secretary, Lorraine Mann – Vice Chair, Anne Macleod, Janet Adams, Stewart Lackie, Joe Gibbs, Caroline Deacon, Cynthia Rogerson


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