Highland charity appoints new directors

High Life Highland chair Ian Ross OBE welcomed the new board members.

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The charity which develops and promotes opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing across the Highlands has appointed a trio of new voluntary directors.

David Finlayson, Nick Finnigan and Kirk Tudhope will sit as non-executive directors on the 12-strong board which meets regularly throughout the year and is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation.

HLH board chairman Ian Ross said: ‘I am delighted to be welcoming three extremely capable and talented individuals.

‘High Life Highland is a very large charity managing a financial turnover in excess of £30million and supporting more than eight million customers pre-pandemic.

‘It is therefore vitally important to have experienced directors, not only to support and assist our executive management team, but also to manage, monitor and scrutinise the affairs of the charity, as would be expected by the Scottish charity regulator.’

Inverness man Mr Finlayson is a retired orthopaedic surgeon and has served on several boards at regional, national and international level and brings a great deal of understanding in the local health and care services.

Mr Finnigan, who is based in the capital, was previously executive manager of Edinburgh Castle. Amongst many other attributes, he brings extensive senior management experience in tourism, visitor operations, events and hospitality and stakeholder engagement to his new non-exec role with High Life Highland.

Kirk Tudhope, a partner with nationwide legal firm Ledingham Chalmers LLP and who is head of the firm’s employment unit, has been appointed to the charity’s trading company. He brings a wealth of experience gained on boards, including periods as chairman of Highland Hospice and ILM (Highland).

Mr Ross  welcomed the new additions, adding: ‘High Life Highland will continue to deliver high quality and accessible services across the Highlands, which are perhaps even more important than ever in terms of supporting the health and wellbeing of those in the communities we serve.’