Recently recruited member, the Reverend Richard Baxter, entertained the Lochaber Rotary Club at its business lunch meeting on 28 March with a rapid 10-minute talk on his diverse and intriguing journey through the jobs environment.
Richard is a native of Northern Ireland and moved to Scotland to take a degree in history, an interest that led him to research the history of English alehouses! However, the ‘real world’ beckoned and he soon found himself working for HMRC as a tax inspector in Edinburgh then Kirkcaldy, following which he joined an accountancy practice in Edinburgh as a consultant. After 5 years in this world of tax accountancy he realized he was not entirely happy with the ethos of this tax world and, with his wife’s encouragement, and giving up his regular salary, he spent 3 years training as a minister.
On graduating, Richard’s first posting as a minister was to the linked parishes of the Fife villages of Kennoway and Windygates where he spent a busy and happy 19 years working in, and administering to, the needs of these two “great communities” with their contrasting backgrounds and cultures .
In April 2016 Richard was appointed to the post of minister at the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church in Fort William linked with Kilmonivaig Church at Spean Bridge. The area encompasses Roybridge and stretches to Loch Laggan and Corrour to the east and South Laggan to the north – an extensive mix of urban and rural life. Richard described this parish as a really interesting area with a wide variety of people and issues and added “I do what I can to make this congregation open and welcoming and I value my link to Rotary. It’s nice to be part of the good work of Rotary but, unlike the church, not have the responsibility of organizing it ! I love my job and I love the ‘short commute’ to work ! I very much enjoy living and working in this community and look forward to being part of the Club”.
On behalf of the Club, President Donald McCorkindale said he was delighted to welcome Richard and said “with the experience you bring to the area and with our shared commitment to Rotary and Lochaber, it’s good to have you involved”.