Lorna Jack appointed interim chair of Highlands and Islands Airports

Lorna Jack
Lorna Jack

Lorna Jack has been appointed as interim chair of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL), following Mike Cantlay’s departure to the Scottish Funding Council.

Mr Cantlay will now chair the Scottish Funding Council while Ms Jack helps to guide HIAL as it works on a number of projects central to the future of air travel in the Highlands and Islands.

Ms Jack, a chartered accountant and chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, also chairs HIAL’s audit committee.

Work to identify candidates for the post on a permanent basis through the formal public appointments process is already underway.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: “Lorna has been an invaluable member of the HIAL Board since 2014, and she is the perfect candidate to step into this role and help guide the company over the coming months.

“The process to find a permanent Chair is already underway and we will look to make that appointment as soon as we can.

“I congratulate Lorna on her appointment and look forward to working with her. I’d also like to thank her predecessor, Mike Cantlay, for his service during his time with HIAL. ”

Ms Jack said: “This is a very exciting, albeit challenging, opportunity. I’m delighted to have been appointed as interim chair at HIAL, continuing the superb work of Mike Cantlay until a permanent Chair can be appointed. HIAL has gone from strength to strength, with increasing numbers of passengers and flights, under his and managing director Inglis Lyon’s leadership.

“I am only able to take this on in the short term with the support and commitment of my colleague non-executive directors at HIAL and its senior management team. Together we will work to maintain that success over this transition period.”

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