Public appointment: Non-Executive Director reappointed to the Highlands and Islands Airports Limited Board.

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth MSP, today announced the reappointment of Loraine Strachan as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

Non-Executive Director

Loraine Strachan is a Chartered Accountant and is the Executive Director for Finance and Operations for the Law Society of Scotland.  Her career has progressed from audit and management accounting roles through to Finance, HR and Operations Director roles.  She was Finance Manager at the logistics arm of Capespan in South Africa and Vice-President (Finance and HR) at Menzies Aviation for Africa and the Middle East.  She served previously as a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee for Impact Arts.


The reappointment will be for three years and runs from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2025.

The reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

The reappointment attracts remuneration of £319.97 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Ms Strachan does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Ms Strachan has had no political activity within the last five years.


Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) is responsible for the management and operation of 11 regional airports serving some of the nation’s remotest communities: at Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick John O’Groats.  Working with their stakeholders, HIAL are committed to supporting the essential socio-economic role of aviation in Scotland by maintaining and developing their airports to enable the continuation of the vital connectivity on which communities rely.

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