Buill a' Chomhairle 2016/2017 - Committee Members 2016/2017




Ruaraidh MacAonghais - Sydney
Rod McInnes


Rod is from Taralga, on the Southern Tablelands of NSW, but now lives in Sydney.  His family there has Moidart and Skye connections, while his wife’s family comes from the Black Isle.  He was first a member of Comhairle Gàidhlig Albannach in 1982, whilst a student of the Gaelic teacher Mary Abel in Armidale, NSW. 

He has been a committee member of its successor, Comunn Gàidhlig Astràilia, since the mid-1990s, when he renewed his Gaelic studies with Angus MacKenzie at Caringbah.  At that time he was a member of the Coisir Ghàidhlig Astràilia and participated with them in the 2000 Mòd in Dunoon.  He is currently a member of Comunn Eachdraidh Mùideart and the Taralga Historical Society and has a keen interest in Gaelic history in Western Scotland and Australia.  He writes an occasional Gaelic interest column for the Australasian Highlander magazine.  He works during the day as an agricultural economist for a major water utility.


Richard Soos - Sydney
Richard Soos



Ronald McCoy -
Ronald McCoy





Ball Cumanta
Ordinary Member

Seonaidh MacFhraing - Melbourne
John Rankin


Seonaidh MacFhraing was the last Gaelic broadcaster at SBS Radio. He broadcast in Scottish Gaelic interviewing Gaelic speakers from all around the world over a period of 6 years. After SBS closed the Gaelic program he broadcast in Gaelic on Melbourne Radio 3ZZZ for 4 years.

Though born in Australia he went to Scotland and Nova Scotia and stayed with Gaelic friends and relatives many times. He was the convenor for CGA in 2006.


Ball Cumanta
Ordinary Member

John McIntyre - Yackandandah, Victoria
Iain Mac an t-Saoir

John McIntyre

A new-comer to the committee, Iain's paternal grandfather was from Skye, while his maternal Sinclair line is from the Oban area. An ex farmer and wool classer, he has been learning Gaelic for about ten years and has been to Skye and The Hebrides several times. He is a Trustee of the world-wide Clan MacIntyre Trust and tutor of the Benalla Caledonian Pipe Band.

His family tradition claims descent from Duncan Ban Macintyre, the Gaelic bard. Iain has composed many poems and pipe tunes


Ball Cumanta
Ordinary Member

Prenna Sergent -
Prenna Sergent


Non-Committee Positions


Alex Stewart


Kerry Taylor

Gaelic Editor

Katie Graham