Born and brought up in Laxdale, Roddie Mackay attended the Nicolson Institute and after completing degree studies in Aberdeen he lectured for a period in Finance and Economics before following a career in Insurance and Financial Services.
Roddie has owned and managed the RMk business in Francis street, Stornoway, for the past twenty five years. Roddie become a local councillor for the Stornoway North ward in 2007 and for the past 5 years he has been the Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. During this period Roddie has been responsible for delivering the annual balanced budgets of the council, regularly liaised and met with ministers and officers from both the Scottish and UK Governments and latterly chaired the Highland and Islands Regional Economic Partnership as well as the Islands Growth Deal Joint Committee. Mr Mackay also sat, since it’s inception, on the Project Board for the Stornoway Deepwater Port and helped to get it to the current stage where the contract has now been awarded