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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris may have only started working here properly in 2017, but he has been adopting a reindeer since 1998 with several spells 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.

Manouk

Manouk first visited Scotland and the reindeer on holiday from The Netherlands  a few years ago. She enjoyed it so much she came back to volunteer three times in 2017 making a great impression with staff, reindeer and of course, the dogs. Manouk joined full time in 2018 making use of her many language skills to woo reindeer and colleagues alike.

Lotti

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

Nicky

Nicky joined the team part-time in 2018 and her diligence and great people skills have given her a head start in her new role.

Seasonal herders/volunteers

We have a motto here that “Once a reindeer herder, always a reindeer herder”. With big seasonal fluctuations in work load/business, we have a lot of people who return regularly to pick up bits of work.

Mel

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.

Ben

Ben came to work here for the summer of 2014, then came back in 2018, prompting the joke that he can only work here in World Cup years! Ben has a hug for everyone, what a lovely guy!

Izzy

Izzy first volunteered with the herd in 2018, and returned to work here as a herder in 2019. She’s always cheerful, chatty and delighted to get involved in everything.

Sally

Sally has worked with the herd seasonally for a long long time, whilst spending the rest of her year working with cattle in the Lake District.

Nell

Nell came to volunteer with us in Spring 2019 and is now here for the summer. She has a real love for the mountains and the reindeer.

Kate

Kate grew up locally and has worked at the Highland Wildlife Park before coming to join us here as an occasional herder. She is a great photographer and a confident tour guide.

Ali

Ali started here in 2018, and was 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 now a capable herder, and picks up bits of work as she lives locally.

Julia

Julia is a 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!

Joe

Joe first came to visit as a friend of a friend when he was completing an impressive winter run round the local mountains. Over time we’ve roped him in and he’s now a regular seasonal herder, especially over the winter months.

Emm

Emm is our most regular volunteer, who seems to spend more and more of her year up here! She has a great memory for the reindeer and her annotated lists are legendary. She is always bubbling with enthusiasm and loves sharing her knowledge with visitors.

Paul

Paul initially met the reindeer when he came to Glenmore on holiday with his wife Pat, and kindly lent us his vast array of carpentry and building skills. Nowadays he comes to visit twice a year, fixing everything we’ve broken and always keen to talk to everyone!

Kathleen

Kathleen has been coming up to volunteer with the reindeer for years, and her calm presence is always a great help. She turns her hand to many things, including leading Hill Trips and making sure visitors are enjoying the experience.