Bute’s new tourism officer Leo Plaster, started work in his new post on Tuesday -and we caught up with him briefly to find our more about his background and his hopes for regenerating the island’s prospects.
Leo graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009 with a degree in media and communication, which provided him with a grounding in marketing, public relations and advertising.
Moving on to Kilgraston School in Perth in 2010, where he was head of marketing, Leo quickly turned around the fortunes of the all-girl boarding school, which takes in a number of international students, presenting it to the wider global market.
Asked why he felt Bute should be his next port of call, Leo said: “I’m originally from the Isle of Man, so I know what island life is like, and the role looked as though it was something I could really sink my teeth into.”
Leo is spending much of his time getting to know local businesses owners, and spent Tuesday meeting staff at Mount Stuart and Bute Fabrics.
“I’ll be spending the next short while visiting people, speaking to them, and finding out what it is that they’re hoping to achieve from VisitBute,” he said.
Speaking of feedback so far, Leo said: “I attended the recent VisitBute stakeholders’ workshops and found that the feedback was really positive. We need to get everyone’s views and opinions on what they deem to be of importance to them.”
In the short term, Leo will concentrate mainly on the branding of the island, particularly through the VisitBute website,with completion expected by the end of May.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started,” he said, “and I’m sure there’s a positive future for the island ahead.”