ONE of the longest-running job vacancies in the isles was filled last Friday when Shetland Charitable Trust appointed Ann Black as its new general manager.
She replaces Hazel Sutherland, who left in April 2007 to become the SIC’s executive director of community services.
For the past year and a half the position has been filled temporarily by finance controller Jeff Goddard, who was also in the running to get the job permanently. Mr Goddard declined to comment to The Shetland Times on Dr Black’s appointment.
Dr Black, who is currently chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Shetland, will take up her new post at a date yet to be confirmed.
Originally from Sumburgh, Dr Black gained a PhD in economics from Glasgow University and began her working career with Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd at Sumburgh, becoming assistant airport manager in 1988.
She joined Shetland Enterprise as deputy chief executive in 2000, succeeding David Finch in the organisation’s top role in 2003.
Dr Black, who now lives in Lerwick, is married to LHD fish agent Clive Scott.
She was unavailable for comment this week.
Charitable trust chairman Bill Manson said “I am delighted that our senior management team will soon be back to full strength, and look forward to the outstanding contribution which Ann will make to the trust’s future.”