The council today named 27 of its new executive managers as the new structure starts to take shape.
The managers will report to directors Neil Grant (development); Helen Budge (children’s services); Christine Ferguson (community care services); Phil Crossland (infrastructure services); and an as yet unappointed head of corporate services.
In the children’s services department the executive managers are: Martha Nicolson (children’s resources); Audrey Edwards (quality improvement); Shona Thompson (schools); Neil Watt (sport and leisure).
Executive managers in community care are: Sally Shaw (adult services); Ruby Whelan (community care services); Denise Morgan (criminal justice); Jeff Shaw (mental health); Jo Robinson (occupational therapy). Managerial posts have yet to be filled in: children and families; psychological services; Shetland Library; and finance.
Corporate services managers: Robert Sinclair (ccapital programmes); Jan Riise (governance and law); Denise Bell (human resources); Stuart Moncrieff (ICT); John Smith (improvement and performance).
Development services managers: Vaila Simpson (community planning and development); Douglas Irvine (economic development); Anita Jamieson (housing); Iain MacDiarmid (planning); David Gray (Shetland College); Michael Craigie (transport planning).
Executive services managers: Peter Peterson (executive); Crawford McIntyre (internal audit).
Infrastructure services managers: Maggie Dunne (environmental health and trading standards); Ken Duerden (ferry operations); Roger Moore (harbourmaster and port operations); Dave Coupe (roads maintenance); Stephen Cooper (waste management and energy). The post of roads and transport network manager has yet to be filled.
SIC chief executive Alistair Buchan said: “I am delighted to announce these appointments. This is a very important moment for the council. Having been involved in quite a few of the interviews, I saw firsthand how our staff rose to the challenge. To be honest, I am excited at the prospect of working with such an able team.
“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in this process. I realise it has been a very challenging time for everyone. We will of course continue to liaise with our colleagues who have not secured an appointment at this stage, to achieve the best outcome we can for them.
“We will be aiming to get the team settled in as quickly as possible, with most managers starting in their new roles straight away. The directors and I feel very optimistic that we can really kick-on from this now and make some lasting improvements in the way the council operates, for the benefit of the people of Shetland.”