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38/40 Grant Street, Inverness, IV3 8BN


tel:  01463 237969 or 07717457247

Changing Lives Through Enterprise

Richard Burkitt is our Project Director and driving force. He has a background in Inner City work. Richard is an Episcopal minister and is known as 'Rev". He believes that the Christian message is to put love into practice, but the project of For The Right Reasons, is strictly secular. Richard helped start the charity out of a desire to help some friends who were addicted to heroin and has set out to confront the misery of addiction with what the Chair of the Trustees calls "the sheer bloody-mindedness of human optimism".

Geoff Gibson is co-founder and voluteer advisor and the longest serving volunteer of For The Right Reasons. Dry and clear of drugs himself for 14 years and a qualified counsellor, Geoff focuses on helping people overcome an alcohol dependency. He has had particular success working with a small team of friends doing environmental work in the district. Geoff has a particular interest in helping young people overcome alcohol problems before they go too far.


Mary Ryan manages our charity shop and has turned it into a real social hub and recycling centre for the district. Mary loves people. For many years she worked as a carer for the elderly and disabled, visiting them at home to befriend and support them.


Kevin Swanson now works as one of our two drug support workers and is in charge of all the volunteers in the Print shop. He has proved himself to be an accomplished print shop manager as well as a sensitive soul who works hard for others.


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We have received a huge amount of help and advice from Anne Sutherland  from Merkinch Partnership who is a fount of all knowledge.  Much thanks to her and the support of local councillors.

Friends of the Project

Our Trustees

Ramsay McGhee is another founding member. A retired police officer, formerly Head of operations

for Northern Constabulary, Ramsay now heads his own training business.

He supports the charity because he "very much appreciates that enforcement alone is not the

answer to drug and alcohol problems."


Jill McWhirter


Dorothy Aitchison


Douglas McDowell


Rev John Cuthbert is a trustee and supporter of the project from the local Episcopal Church








Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness has been a huge support to the project and has invited Richard to preach at the Cathedral.

Rev Mark Strange Ramsay McGhee Rev John Cuthbert