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Meet the owners...

During the winter of 2004 / 2005 The St. Columba Hotel was purchased by a small consortium of people who came together to form St. Columba Hotel Limited. The vision was to involve as much community ownership as possible as well as people who have experience in this industry. St. Columba Hotel Limited is now made up of: Angus & Alison Johnston, Daniel Morgan & Claire Bachellerie, Gill Black, Judy Russell, Sarah Jane Gordon, Volker Gulde, Neil Black and Rick Johnston.

Alison & Angus owned The St. Columba for the 25 years previous to the last ownership (and thought they had retired!).

Claire and Daniel lived on Iona for 14 years. They owned and ran the Argyll Hotel and had 3 children here. They sold the Argyll Hotel in 2012 and now live on Salt Spring Island in Canada.

Gill has been crofting on Iona since 1976.

Judy has been visiting the island all her life and worked at The St. Columba in her youth. She presently lives and works in Edinburgh.

Sarah Jane has family on the island and visits several times a year. A teacher in the east end of London, she is secretly hatching a Hebridean escape plan...

Volker lives in Glasgow and works in the financial services industry.

Neil was born and brought up on Iona and is now a Project Manager in the auto-industry. Despite living halfway round the world, Neil still performs with distinction on an occasional basis for both Iona football club and Iona golf team.

Rick was also born and brought up on Iona, and spent his formative years playing football in the sun lounge during the winter and golf in the garden during the summer (NB both now strictly prohibited!). After 14 years running a corporate events company in Aberdeen, he returned in the autumn of 2016 to join re-join the team at the St Columba Hotel.

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