Cope looks for new manager as former police chief steps down

Social enterprise company Cope Ltd is looking for a new manager to replace former Lerwick police chief Malcolm Bell.

Mr Bell was appointed interim general manager in April last year following the sudden departure of Peter McCann after only three months in the post. He agreed to take on the role on an interim basis only, until such time as Cope Ltd was in a position to recruit a permanent manager.

Mr Bell has now told the Cope board that he wishes to step down from the position and the board has, reluctantly, agreed to his request.

The directors have begun a recruitment process to fill this position permanently and Mr Bell has agreed to continue in the interim role until an appointment is made and a smooth handover can be arranged.

Cope chairman James Smith said: “We were delighted last year when Malcolm agreed, at very short notice, to step into the position of general manager. We were aware at the time that this was an interim appointment and the board acknowledges the excellent leadership that Malcolm has provided in bringing stability and strategic direction to the company at a very difficult period in our development.

“I had hoped that he would be able to take up the role on a permanent basis and we are sorry that he has decided to step down. However, we fully understand his reasons for doing so. In agreeing to his request the board wish him well for the future. I am very grateful that he has agreed to continue in his interim role until such time as a permanent appointment can be made.”

Mr Bell said: “The opportunity to manage Cope Ltd has been a privilege. When I do leave I will do so with wonderful memories of not only a committed and dedicated workforce but especially of our participants for whom the organisation exists.

“This role was always intended to be an interim one and I believe the time is now right to commence the process to identify and recruit a permanent general manager. I have offered to continue working in my interim role, until an appointment is made, to ensure continuity and a smooth handover.

“I am very grateful to the board in general and the chairman James Smith in particular for all the support they have provided to me.”

The position of general manager will be formally advertised shortly.


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