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Harvey Johnston

Councillor Harvey Johnston.

How best to contact me

Give me a ring on 01856771443 or come by the house at Brettovale - or via my Council contacts above.


Harvey Johnston is Convener (Civic Head) of Orkney Islands Council. He was born and brought up on a small farm in Harray, Orkney and after studying Agriculture in Aberdeen, spent some time in the construction industry and in the Civil Service before embarking on a career in education at Orkney College, firstly lecturing in Agriculture and subsequently retiring as Depute Principal over 30 years later.

He stood for election to the Islands Council in 2012, becoming a member for the West Mainland and was made Convener following re-election in 2017.

He is a staunch advocate of all things Orcadian with a particular interest in the history, language and culture of the islands. He is a regular performer at local events, often with his own style of dialect poetry. He has been married to Helen for 45 years and they have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. They also continue to run their small livestock farm with some family assistance.

Committee Membership

Details of committee membership are available from the 'Related Links' section of this page.

Outside interests

Giving talks on Orkney dialect, culture or history. Speaking at Harvest Homes, Burns Suppers etc. Performing at concerts and festivals. Writing poetry.

Find me

On the farm, in the peat hill  or at the shows.

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School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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