Our Chieftain 2021

Our Chieftain’s Welcome:

Jim Campbell was born and brought up in Dornoch and went to Dornoch primary and secondary schools and in my early days I stayed in Skinner Place.  At school sports was my favourite subject, especially football and I enjoyed a successful playing time with Dornoch Football Club who dominated Sutherland Amateur football throughout the 70s and early 80s, winning countless trophies.

Although encouraged to stay on at school and pursue an academic career I decided to leave school at 16 and served my electrical apprenticeship with R Finlayson and Co. Caithness and spent the next 5 years working all over Scotland gaining valuable experience in the electrical industry.

I set up my own business in May 1972 along with Morris Macleod and soon realised there was an obvious opportunity for a small firm to produce quality electrical installations and services. I became the sole owner in 1976 and built the company up to become a successful business embracing new technologies including micro renewables and with staff who shared my vision we continued and decided to semi-retired in June 2016 selling the company to former employees.

My success in the field of renewables led to me being approached by UHI, Inverness College, where I enjoyed 12 years part-time lecturing on electrical principles engaging with other staff and gaining tremendous satisfaction on starting teenagers on a career in the electrical industry.

This leaves me with more time to enjoy my hobbies, golf, football following Brora Rangers, fishing and also curling in the winter months.

I am currently a Vice President of RDGC and have held many positions with the club over the last 46 years, including being Junior Convenor for 7 years and Captain in 2008 – 2010 which was a very proud time for me. I am also Vice Chairman of the local angling club.

It will give me great pleasure to welcome you to the Dornoch Highland Games on 6th August 2021. I have been involved with The Games over a great number of years firstly as a youngster participating in the games every August and then helping out with the field and track events. It will be an honour to be your Chieftain and as this is renowned for being a family games my wife Theresa and family, Jennifer, Katie and Niall will be there with the next generation, my 6 year old grandson Jack.

It will be a warm welcome to our Games. We need to careful and patient in 2020, but as a team we support each other and please join me in the Chieftain’s Parade when we start to assemble in Dornoch Square at midday, ready for the 12:15 start when Pipe Major Willie Fraser leads with the Dornoch Pipe Band and myself with Past Chieftains head along Castle Street with the crowd following to arrive at The Meadows Park for the Games to Open.

I look forward to greeting you as Theresa and I mingle with the crowd.


Jim & Theresa