Shetland Islands Council has appointed Maggie Sandison as its new interim director of infrastructure.
The important senior post encompasses roads, ferries, ports and environmental health.
Mrs Sandison will take up her post on Tuesday 1st October for a two-year period, seconded from her current role at the head of environmental health. She replaces Phil Crossland, who returns to England this month.
Mrs Sandison joined the local authority in 2004. She progressed to become executive manager of environmental health and trading standards two years ago. Since then her remit has been broadened to take in services including Tingwall Airport, the energy recovery plant and waste services.
“In my time working for the council I have been deeply impressed by the commitment that infrastructure staff demonstrate in delivering the best services they can to maintain quality of life in Shetland,” Mrs Sandison said.
“I am really looking forward to starting my new role, which will enable me to support my teams to achieve a sustainable budget for infrastructure.”
SIC chief executive Mark Boden said: “I’m delighted to welcome Maggie to the corporate management team. It’s great that we have been able to appoint internally to this position. This is what we have been working towards – investing in our staff and developing them to take on these kinds of opportunities.”
Harbour board chairwoman Andrea Manson said she was “very pleased” with the appointment.