"Having worked with Mairi on several projects over recent years I cannot recommend her highly enough. She has that rare double gift of always being  full of ideas, but also knowing how to convert them to reality and make them happen. Her knowledge of Scotland's history, culture and heritage is immense, as is  her understanding of the nation's place in the world and its cultural potential. Her vision, commitment and energy are second to none. Talk to Mairi.  You won't be sorry.'  Professor Gary West, Personal Chair in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh, Director of the European Ethnological Research Centre, Musician & Broadcaster @garyjwest

"Having worked with her in various guises over the past few years in a range of cultural and academic projects, I'm delighted that Mairi is joining us in Local Voices. I've seen first-hand her organisational and presentational abilities, backed up by rigorous research skills, grounded in her belief in the importance of viewing the cultural ecology of people, their communities and - crucially for our work - their place. With a keen eye for design and detail, as well as a rich constituency of contacts developed in recent years, Mairi's talents will be a real asset to Local Voices, enhancing our planning and strategic capabilities. I'm looking forward to working with her on a range of inspiring projects across Scotland in the coming year." Steve Byrne,  Ethnologist, Folklorist and Musician @arbroathsinger

"Mairi's skills and vision will bring tremendous benefit to Local Voices, in particular her fantastic ability to describe and clarify the complex cultural and social processes which are at the heart of our work in communities. These qualities and strengths are rooted in her fundamental passion for local culture and everyday creativity, and our collaborations in the past have yielded a great deal of insight into how Local Voices might improve our practice. I'm very excited to embark on our coming programme of work, including a significant development phase, which will both now bear the hallmarks of Mairi's talent and imagination." Chris Wright, Ethnologist, Folklorist and Musician @scotssong