A new chair-elect has been chosen for the charity which is set to be given the job of running the refurbished Rothesay Pavilion.
Nick Merriman, the director of The Manchester Museum since 2006, is a past chairman of the University Museums Group and spent 24 years as a member of the Museums Association, 12 of them as a member of the organisation’s council.
Mr Merriman is also the partner of Maria Balshaw, who was appointed to the post in November but informed the Pavilion’s owners later that month that she would no longer be able to take on the role due to work commitments.
The couple have a home in Port Bannatyne and are regular visitors to the island.
The Pavilion’s regeneration is part of Rothesay’s contribution to Argyll and Bute Council’s CHORD project, which aims to regenerate the area’s five largest towns - Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon
Bute councillor Robert Macintyre, chair of the Rothesay CHORD board, said: “I’ve been involved in many interviews for positions with the council since I was elected in 1995, and I don’t think I’ve ever interviewed such a confident man.
“He knows what he’s talking about and is anxious that we get up and running with the Pavilion project, and that it ends up as what we all hope it will be - a first class facility for the people of Bute.”
The running of the Pavilion will be handed over to the proposed new charity only if and when funding for the refurbishment of the building is confirmed.