Shetland Islands Council has announced that its new director of infrastructure services is Phil Crossland who worked at Stoke-on-Trent City Council as transportation and planning director until six months ago.
An announcement about the new director of corporate services is expected later today to complete the new team of five directors under chief executive Alistair Buchan.
Mr Crossland should be in post by the end of this month. He said he was looking forward to his move north, along with his partner, Helen.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take on such an exciting and challenging role in such a beautiful place. I am very much looking forward to working with staff and members, together with our communities and partners, for the benefit of Shetland. For me, this is not just about the job, it’s a fantastic lifestyle opportunity.”
Mr Crossland has a background in civil engineering and was at Stoke-on-Trent City Council from 2009. He has also worked at Shropshire Council and Surrey County Council and has been in local government since 1990.
Mr Buchan said he was delighted to welcome Mr Crossland to his team.
“We’ve taken some really big steps in management restructuring in what is a very fast-paced period of change. By the end of next week there will be lot more good news on management appointments. At a time of considerable challenge I’m very pleased to be able to welcome a man of Phil’s experience and ability.”
Council political leader and chairman of the selection panel Josie Simpson said he was very pleased at Mr Crossland’s appointment.
“This is an excellent appointment to one of the most senior posts in the council. Mr Crossland offers a great blend of experience, qualifications and proven skill.”
The council said earlier this week it did not expect to announce the name of the new director until next week.
The three other new directors in the team are existing SIC staff: Neil Grant, Helen Budge and Christine Ferguson.