One of the SIC’s most senior managers, Phil Crossland, is leaving Shetland later this summer to take up a director’s post at Leicestershire Council, in his home county.
Mr Crossland joined the council as infrastructure services director in September 2011. He has been at the forefront of several major projects, most notably a review resulting in sizeable cuts to the inter-island ferries service.
With a background in civil engineering, Mr Crossland has worked in local government since 1990. He moved to Shetland from Stoke-on-Trent, and also held posts in Shropshire and Surrey.
“It was a very difficult decision to make as I’ve really enjoyed my time in Shetland,” he said. “But, at the end of the day, to undertake such a prestigious role in my home county is a ‘once in a career’ opportunity which I couldn’t miss.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with my colleagues and the members, together with the local community and partners, to shape the new direction this council is taking.”
Political leader Gary Robinson said the council was “very sorry” to lose Mr Crossland, but recognised it was an “excellent opportunity” for him.
“He has been a valued member of the management team at a very demanding time,” Mr Robinson said, “and, on behalf of the whole council, I’d like to wish him the very best in his future career.”