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The counties of Caithness and Sutherland at the far north of mainland Scotland encompass a vast and diverse area with many distinct communities.


Caithness Regeneration Partnership
Janetstown Industrial Estate
KW14 7XF
Phone: 01847 890017

Eann Sinclair
Programme Manager

Interim Programme Manager
01847 890083
Fax 05601 537232

Eilidh Gunn
01847 890017
Fax 05601 537232

NDA HIE Highland Council

Caithness Regeneration Partnership
Executive Board

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Aims and Objectives
Strategy Document (Pdf)

Action Plan
Snapshot 3 July 2008

Minutes Of Meetings
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17 June 2008 Advisory Board
17 June Regeneration P'Ship
14 December 2007
13 September 2007

Progress Reports
June 08

Scrabster Harbour

Wick Marina
Phase One -
Phase One Photos

In use At Wick Harbourfest
Phase Two
See WHA April 07 Newsletter


Wick Enterprise Centre


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Alex Salmond At The Caithness Conference 2008
Part One

Alex Salmond At The Caithness Conference 2008
Part Two

Alex Salmond At The Caithness Conference 2008
Part Three

Alex Salmond At The Caithness Conference 2008
Part Four

29 July 08
Extra Caithness Funding Starts To Make A Difference
Extra funding made available by the Scottish Government to assist the economic regeneration of Caithness, is being spent across a rigorous programme of activities driven by Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE). Twelve million pounds of additional funding was promised to the area for commitment to projects between 2007-2010. An update by HIE area manager Roy Kirk, shows that £1.6m has already been allocated with some ambitious plans now in the pipeline.

5 July 08
Regeneration - Latest Updates and Minutes
17 June 2008 Advisory Board   17 June Regeneration P'Ship

Action Plan - Snapshot 3 July 2008  Progress Reports - June 08

17 April 08
Thurso man Eann Sinclair has been appointed programme manager for the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership. The partnership, formed last year, aims to drive forward new initiatives to counteract the effects which the decommissioning of Dounreay nuclear plant will have on the area’s economy. Eann is currently head of strengthening communities with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and takes up the CNSRP role vacated by interim postholder Gordon Cox.

Chair of the CNSRP Sir Anthony Cleaver said: “This role is vital to the successful delivery of the regeneration partnership’s action plan. Eann Sinclair brings broad experience both of Caithness and of the challenges ahead. He also brings an understanding of all the stakeholders involved, the ability to co-ordinate all their strengths and the commitment to do it well. I am delighted to be announcing his appointment.”

Eann attended Thurso High School and graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Scottish and English Literature before gaining an MSc in Tourism. Married, with a six year old daughter, Eann is a keen traveller and musician. He joined HIE in 1991. The CNSRP is co-funded by HIE, The Highlands Council, the Scottish Government and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Alasdair Dodds, chief executive of The Highland Council said: “The partnership has already made good headway on its published action plan and our collaborative approach is allowing progress to be made without the hindrance of duplication. I am delighted Eann is joining the partnership at this exciting stage and I very much welcome the expertise he will be bringing to its work.”

The Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Action Plan has been updated and can be viewed at www.hie.co.uk  or at www.caithness.org/regeneration.

13 April 08
Caithness Transport Infrastructure Study - Caithness & North Sutherland

The study carried out by the MVA Consultancy was commissioned by the Caithness Partnership.  The aim of the study was to identify which transport improvements best support the 20 year Vision for Caithness and North Sutherland.

7 April 08
Comments From John O'Groats Open Day (Word doc)

The above document contains the comments from members of the public who attended the open day at the Seaview Hotel in John O'Groats on 10th January 2008.

19 March 08
Wick Enterprise Centre
The recently opened new office for the local base of Highland Opportunity Ltd is based right in the heart of Pulteneytown at Miller Street in Wick where improvements to buildings have been taking place over the past few years and is ongoing.  Highland Opportunity is a company wholly owned by Highland council and this is yet another move to help in the regeneration of Wick.  Advice on soft loans and pointers in other directions however is available to all businesses in the area.

15 March 08
Leading UK businessman Sir Anthony Cleaver has been appointed chairman of the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP) executive board. The CNSRP was formed last year by key agencies charged with driving ahead initiatives to ameliorate the economic and social consequences of the run-down and eventual closure of the Dounreay nuclear plant. Currently the site supports around 2000 jobs in Caithness and North Sutherland.

The partnership has already published a 50-point action plan specifying a range of projects which it intends to deliver within proposed timescales.

The partnership's executive board to be chaired by Sir Anthony, comprises the chief executives of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and The Highland Council, the regional director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and a senior representative of the Scottish Government. The board meets quarterly.

Sir Anthony enjoyed a 30-year career with IBM, latterly as its chairman and chief executive. Following his retirement from IBM he became chairman of UKAEA leading the formation and flotation of AEA Technology. As well as chairing numerous other companies and contributing to Government panels, he was chairman of the NDA for a three year term which concluded in July 2007.

Sir Anthony said: "I am very much looking forward to contributing to this vital initiative and trust that my experience of the nuclear industry coupled with my previous career in international business will equip me well for the challenges ahead." His appointment marks the end of the work of the Strategy Group chaired by John Thurso MP, for the last two years.

Speaking on behalf of the CNSRP Executive Board, Sandy Cumming, chief executive of HIE said: "We are delighted that Sir Anthony Cleaver has accepted this post. The partnership has already made good progress on preparing the way forward and Sir Anthony's contribution will, without doubt, contribute significantly to the successful delivery of our agreed action plan."
Chairman of the CNSRP Executive Board is a non-remunerative role.

Born in 1938, Sir Anthony graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, in Literae Humaniores in 1962.

About Sir Anthony Cleaver
Sir Anthony joined IBM in 1962. His two overseas assignments were to the United States and to the IBM European Headquarters in Paris. On his return to the United Kingdom, Sir Anthony was named General Manager in 1983, Chief Executive in 1986 and Chairman and Chief Executive in 1990. Sir Anthony retired from IBM in 1994.
Sir Anthony became Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in 1993. In 1996 he led the privatisation and subsequent flotation of UKAEA's commercial activities, becoming Chairman of AEA Technology plc - a position he held until the end of 2001.

During his career, Sir Anthony has held an extensive number of positions as Chairman and Director of a variety of international and national companies and institutions, including IX Europe Plc, S Three and Working Links (Employment) Limited, the Medical Research Council, UK eUniversities Worldwide Limited, General Cable Plc and The Strategic Partnership Limited, General Accident Plc, Lockheed Martin UK Limited and Smith & Nephew Plc, the Government's Asia Pacific Advisers, Trade Partners UK, the Government's Industrial Development Advisory Board. He has been a member of the British Government Panel on Sustainable Development, the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Wicks Committee), the Singapore British Business Council, the British Overseas Trade Board
He is an Honorary Fellow, LLD, DSc and DUniv of a long list of universities and institutes. Sir Anthony is President of Business Commitment to the Environment. He was a Director of the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development, founding Chairman of Business in the Environment, a member of the first Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment, the Chairman of the working party of the Departments of Environment and Trade and Industry on environmental management. In 1990 Sir Anthony was named a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Global 500 Roll of Honour.

Sir Anthony is closely involved in the arts. He was Chairman of the Royal College of Music until 2007 and was Deputy Chairman of the English National Opera until November 2000 (Director since 1988) and has also been a Director of the Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts. Sir Anthony was knighted in 1992.

2 March 08
The Socio-Economic Aspects Of Dounreay Decommissioning (Pdf)
The above paper will be presented to councillors of Highland Council at their meeting on 6th March 2008. This report advises Members of recent developments in relation to the socio-economic aspects of Dounreay decommissioning and seeks approval for the Council’s membership of the Advisory Board. Further progress reports will be brought to the Council on various aspects of the socio economic initiatives.  The report outlines the Highland Council contribution to the Regeneration partnership and several of the initiatives that are being looked at or developed.

8 February 08
Multi-Million Pound National Nuclear Archive To Be Based At Wick

The Nuclear Decommissioning Agency has announced that it will invest £8 million in plans to create the UK’s National Nuclear Archive (NNA) at Wick, Caithness, Scotland. The NNA will potentially hold between 20 and 30 million digital records primarily concerning the history, development and decommissioning of the UK’s civil nuclear industry since the 1940s. The money will be invested over three years and will help get the £17 million project off the ground. The NNA is being proposed in response to the NDA’s statutory obligation to manage public records, keeping them safe and making them more accessible to the public. Around 20 specialist jobs will be created by the project and the building will also provide a new home for the Wick-based North Highland Archive, which is much in need of additional storage space.

8 February 08
Louise Smith Joins Project To Promote Pentland Firth Energy
Louise Smith has been appointed to progress an important marine project set to play a crucial role in revitalising the economy of Caithness following the de-commissioning of Dounreay. Civil engineer Louise Smith takes up the two-year post of project manager with the Pentland Firth Tidal Energy Project next Tuesday (12 February 2008). She joins Duncan Mackay, from the Crown Estates, who is already in place. Louise's new post is funded by HIE and the NDA. The Pentland Firth Tidal Energy Project is one of the key initiatives being promoted by the Caithness Regeneration Partnership, established early last year to help develop the economy during the run-down of the nuclear plant.

2 February 08
Future Options For John O'Groats
The Caithness and North Sutherland Partnership team invites members of the public to drop in for general discussion on options for the future of John O'Groats.  Views will contribute to a draft plan for further consultation.
Saturday 9th February 2008
Seaview Hotel, John O'Groats
11.00am - 3.00pm
Tea and coffee available
for further information contact Elidh Gunn on 01847 890017

27 January 08
Minutes Of Meetings Now Available
Minutes of the Regeneration Partnership meetings are now available - See lower down the left column on this page.

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