Dave is our trade sales co-ordinator and production assistant. He is a trombonist, having played professionally for P&O Holland, America and Airtours cruise lines. In 2014 if co-founded the Highland Brass Band, wherein he plays E flat Horn. He is a keen cyclist, both road and mountain biking. Dave lives in Laggan with his wife Claire (an opera singer) and two children: Edward and Juno.
Ian, from East Kilbride near Glasgow originally, took on our new "I.T. Manager" role in November 2007. After 3 years with Spartan at Strathmashie, he relocated to Falkirk where he now assits us 'remotely'. Ian is an experienced Linux administrator with strong 'C' programming and desktop support skills. Ian supports the Strathmashie team as a versatile computing 'All Rounder' who 'knows the ropes' on the Strathmashie gun deck! He has also been known to take Associated Board piano exams in his illustrious past.
Annette is an experienced musician who worked in the sheet music department at J. G. Windows in Newcastle for 20 years. She came on holiday to Strathmashie in 2003 as part of a Spartan Press self catering holiday promotion and now she works here. Now into her 7th year managing Fuller Music, Annette couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Originally a trumpet/cornet player, Netty is learning the Fiddle in her spare time, looking after the village hall and also helping out regularly on a friend's farm: life is pretty varied and full - a far cry from living and working in the big city, but she says: "I wouldn't swap this for the world!".
Mark is managing director of Spartan and runs the new publications and typesetting departments as well as hindering the computer department! Trained as a composer initially, with a decade of experience teaching piano and conducting musical shows, he now enjoys the variety provided by the Spartan job: composing and arranging music interspersed with writing computer programs, debt collecting, shelf erection, beer making, recruiting and mowing, then puppy training and cobble sweeping...
Pat was a freelance bassoonist and one of the first female musicians to join the RAF Central Band. Now she is a co-director of Spartan Press, working on editing, proofing, performing rights, reviews, contracts and finances. Pat also plays clarinet and piano and enjoys composing and arranging. Outside of music Pat is a very competitive middle distance runner.
Claire met Dave when she was studying on an advanced singers course at the Academy. They have two kids (Edward and Juno) both currently at the local primary school. Claire edits and designs the local newsletter "The Laggan Splash", and has a talent for graphic design, photography and social media.
Alfie (age: 3) is a gentle Newfoundland puppy who hails from Halifax, Yorkshire. He loves playing with sticks (some the size of small Silver Birch trees mind) and is also keen on snoozing in shaded, slightly damp spots in the garden. He loves water of course, and feels most comfortable when soaking wet!
Helga (age: 3) (Alchazandis Edelweiss) is a fabulous Saint Bernard, born in Glastonbury. We reckon she has a bit of kangaroo in her pedigree, as well as some hippopotamus! She is a terrific companion, a great character but a veracious snorer!
Gael (age: 14) was born the day Pat completed her first marathon: all very appropriate when considering that this 'working' border collie has been Pat's running companion for the past decade.