Danus Skene has stood down as chairman of the board of Shetland Arts to avoid any conflict with his recently announced candidature as MP for Shetland and Orkney.
The decision was announced at last night’s meeting of the board of Shetland Arts when Mr Skene stood down. It follows the intervention of MP Alistair Carmichael in a consultation on restructuring Shetland Arts Development Agency.
A statement from SADA said that Mr Skene wanted to focus his energies on his candidature for the SNP in the forthcoming Westminster elections, and dd not want the best interests of SADA to be jeopardised by the possibility of its affairs being dragged into the arena of party political conflict. He will remain a trustee of the organisation.
His fellow trustees would like to thank him for his work and leadership over the last two years, it added.
In line with SADA’s policies and procedures there will be a vote amongst the trustees to elect a new Chair at next month’s board meeting.
SADA is the leading arts agency in Shetland, developing and promoting a year round programme of festivals, film, music, theatre, literature, craft, visual arts, dance, and comedy events.
Mr Carmichael wants the SADA consultation being undertaken by general manager Graeme Howell, to be held in public. He was contacted by several staff members concerned about the direction and rapidity of the process.