We thought it might be interesting for visitors to be able to put some faces to names, or indeed names to faces, of some of the staff they speak to here at the Centre:


Tilly came to volunteer in 1981 and fell in love with the reindeer, the mountains and the keeper! She married Alan and they took over the herd in 1989. Tilly is now based at our Glenlivet hill farm but is often at Glenmore to help with the reindeer here.


Alan started working with the reindeer back in 1978, as Mr Utsi’s assistant herder. He’s taking more of a backseat these days and is based at our hill farm, but is most often found taking part in a hill race!


Fiona is Alan and Tilly’s daughter, and has been closely involved with the herd since she was born. She now manages the day-to-day running of the Centre, when she’s not away taking part in amazing adventures like the Everest marathon.


Alex is Alan and Tilly’s son, and can turn his hand to herding reindeer, fixing anything and carrying vast amounts of feed onto the hill. He is a new dad to Hamish, the first of the next generation of Scottish reindeer herders.


Catriona looks after the books and makes sure that the office runs smoothly. She’s also known as “the Oracle” as she always seems to have the answer to any administrative or financial issue!


Hen came for the Christmas season in 2007 and never managed to leave. She has an encyclopedic memory for which reindeer is related to which, and is the go-to person for identifying reindeer in a photo.


Andi came for the summer of 2010 and now can’t imagine living anywhere else. She somehow seems to have gained the title of “technical advisor”, but is happiest out with the herd on the hill.


Dave is our token kiwi, who has plenty of experience with other livestock, but hadn’t worked with reindeer until joining us in 2016. Since then he has fixed many things for us, after quiet consideration and plenty of sketches on pieces of scrap paper.


Sheena has been a friend of the herders for a long time, and has become more involved over the last few years. Her cheerful hard-working attitude keeps us all buoyed up during busy spells, and her artistic abilities help make her the Queen of Christmas Fun.


Chris may have only started working here properly in 2017, but he has been adopting a reindeer since 1998 with several spell of volunteering in-between, so has a firm grasp of how things run. He’s a budding hill-runner and already a dependable member of the team.


Mel has been an occasional herder since 2005, coming back to work here in between other varied seasonal jobs. She’s always full of enthusiasm and slips straight back into the role. Her heart is given to Fergus, the hand-rear calf who she fell in love with.


Lotti’s parents are friends of the family, so Lotti has been coming up to help out since she was 13. She now works here during uni holidays, and her sunny smile keeps us all happy!


Ali is our newest full-time herder, who has been thrown in the deep end with no animal background, but lots of people skills! Thankfully the reindeer are relatively easy animals to “learn”, so Ali is quickly becoming a capable herder.


Julia is our regular summer herder, since her first season in 2015. She astounds us with her memory for the reindeer, often recognizing most of them on her first day back after nine months away!