Public appointment: Non-Executive Directors 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 Christopher Holliday and Isabel Todenhoefer as Non-Executive Directors of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

Non-Executive Directors

Christopher Holliday has 37 years’ experience in the regional aviation industry across airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and in industry associations. This has included 14 years in senior commercial and operational positions with regional airlines operating in and to Scotland. He now applies that experience in airline consultancy and holds non-executive roles with Air Service Training in Perth and the Light Aircraft Association. His particular areas of interests include the safety and sustainability of regional air services that provide vital transport links for remote communities and relevant emerging new technologies.

Isabel Todenhoefer has 15 years’ experience in the finance and aviation industries with a focus on financing; strategy and mergers; and acquisitions. She is a successful entrepreneur and member of the Board of Everge Financing Sl and a Member of the International Advisory Board of DKFZ in Heidelberg.


The reappointments will be for three years and run from 1 March 2023 to 28 February 2026.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

The reappointments attract remuneration of £319.97 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Mr Holliday and Ms Todenhoefer do 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.

Mr Holliday and Ms Todenhoefer have 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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