Meet The Team

The Board

Mike Devenney

Chairman

Mike moved to Elgin in 1997 to work at Moray College and did so until 2013, having been the College Principal since 2004.  He took up the position of Vice-Principal in the University of the Highlands and Islands on leaving the College and left that post in 2017.

Mike regards the bringing into existence of the Moray School of Art, as Scotland’s fifth Art School, and the construction of the Alexander Graham Bell Centre, as two of the highlights of his time as College Principal.

During his time as College Principal, Mike also served on the Moray Community Planning Partnership, the Moray Economic Partnership and the Moray Task Force that was set up to save RAF Lossiemouth from closure.  He was the first Chair of the Tourism and Culture Group that was formed to deliver a key aspect of the Moray Economic Strategy.      

For many years after arriving in Elgin, Mike spent a considerable amount of his free time in helping with the development of girls’ football in Moray.  He is no longer involved but still spends many a Saturday afternoon watching Elgin City FC. 

Mark Conti

Vice Chairman & Operations

Mark is a co-founder of Lantern of the North. With a background firmly in Technology and Business, he has been running companies since 1999. Having served in the British Army with the Gurkha Signals he had the exposure to Technology at locations all across the world. After leaving the British Forces he went back to study Computing at Moray College for three years and then worked with various local government units across the Highlands & Islands providing technical support.

Mark has been a keen musician since the age of 12, playing guitar and singing with bands since High School. He has been the guitarist for Crannog (Celtic original Rock), Crannog played alongside artists like Dannii Minouge, Dodgy and went on tour with the cast from the film’The Commitments’. Playing T in the Park and a tour of America they endeavoured to spread their music as far and wide as possible but sadly split up. Since then Mark has been singing with the band Edgar Road who have been working hard to achieve a high quality of music and working hard to raise their profile. Mark has been actively involved in the Lantern since conception working hard to try and locate a suitable arts and community centre in Elgin.

Angus Whitton

Operations & IT

Angus Whitton is heavily involved in many events at the town hall, whether organising or providing technical support in the form of lights and sound. Angus also is part of the production team for St Giles Theatre Group covering the technical side of their productions. He sees Elgin Town Hall as a vital asset not only for local theatre companies but for the wider user groups that rely on the fantastic building’s facilities.

Angus has devoted much of his time to producing an app for Elgin Academy to help students, parents and staff to access information and features easily. This combined with many other factors gained him a Highly Commended Moray Young Citizen Award. He now wishes to play a part in running the town hall in order to keep providing the community with a fantastic facility and a much needed one.

Donald Squair

Bookings & Operations

Donald is currently a full time baker who has lived in Elgin all his life.

For the last ten years he’s been booking and running music events by himself for both local and established bands both in Elgin and Aberdeen and has seen first-hand the lack of available venues within Elgin to put on such shows especially for the under 18s.

He has been an active member of Lantern of the North since formation in September 2014 and is responsible for the Online Presence with Social Media and Event promotion for the Lantern of the North.

Neil Millward

Secretary

Founded in 2001, Neil is the owner of IN Consultancy Services a locally based business consultancy. In the 1990’s Neil was one of the founding directors of the Elgin Youth Café and more recently was their Chief Officer running the Elgin Youth Development Group

Having lived in Elgin for 20 years Neil has a strong sense of community and is involved in many of the events that take place in the Town Hall.  He is also active as a sound engineer for the local church.

Magdalena Wellenger

Board Member

Music educator, vocalist, conductor, composer, Piano and Eurhythmics teacher, born in Poland. In 2017 Magda established Wellenger School of Music in Elgin. Currently offering a wide range of individual classes and musical activities for schools as one of the key branches of education. As an author of innovative forms of music education and a very experienced musician, she provides all her students with a positive environment in which to make the most of their personal strengths and potential in music. Her main purpose is to fill Moray with music and art; bringing immeasurable benefits for the whole community. Magda has been involved with a number of educational and artistic groups and socio-cultural events / activities. St. Sylvester’s Christmas Carols, (main organiser) ~ co-organiser of Polish School in Elgin – Charity, ~ a supporter of LOTN events ~ performing with local artists, ~ cooperating with EA orchestra. She is a big supporter of Moray’s cultural life and a member of a local band called EDGAR ROAD. The band has a significant role as a showcase of Elgin talent, performing across the country, and bringing Elgin back on the musical map in last few years. She believes in cooperating with all artists and organisations across Moray as the best way to achieve goals of cultural development. Her motto: “Where there’s culture, there’s economic success in the region. We can create better society together”

Janice Hyndman

Treasurer

Janice currently works as a careers adviser in one of our local schools, supporting pupils as they progress through school, coaching them with their decision making and planning. She has lived in Elgin since 1974 and in those years she has been to a whole range of events and activities at the Town Hall, supporting lots of clubs and societies during this time. She has 4 sons and feel passionate about fighting to maintain the valuable resources and opportunities we have for them and future generations. She is the current president of EADS, having been a member of the society for nearly 10 years. Our society offers local residents the chance to perform on stage or gain experience of one of the many offstage roles needed to stage a successful show. These opportunities help members develop social skills, theatre skills, confidence and self esteem. A number of our young members have gone on to study acting and performance. As with all drama and music groups we offer excellent entertainment and and a chance to socialise.

Linda Marquardt

Treasurer

Linda works for Moray Council and moved to Elgin 18 years ago. Linda is the Secretary of EADS and is involved in all their productions, not necessarily in an acting role but in lots of other ways, such as Treasurer for five years, making props, front of house etc. Until 2016 she stage managed St Giles productions for 10 years and has been props person for EMT for 10 years. She have also helped at numerous other functions. Linda has watched over the years the joy and pleasure of audiences leaving performances laughing and smiling with a spring in their step. When she has been selling tickets for panto many patrons have commented how nice it is not to have to travel to Inverness to see a pantomime. Most of the performing groups who use the Town Hall turn no one away that wants to be involved – a great service to the Community. We are social inclusive, want to continue to do this and serve the Community. People give their time freely at many events a perfect example of an already healthy community involvement.

Robert Cunningham

Human Resources

David Adams

Board Member

Facilities Staff

Bill Beaton

Senior Hall Keeper

Douglas Duncan

Hall Keeper
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