New acting chief executive at HIE

Charlotte Wright, HIE acting chief executive.
Charlotte Wright, HIE acting chief executive.

Charlotte Wright takes over as acting chief executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) today (Monday 29 August).

Ms Wright has been with HIE since 1997 and held a number of roles in Lochaber before being appointed as the agency’s regional director for Highland in 2008. Since 2010, she has held the position of director of business and sector development, based in Fort William and Inverness.

Prior to joining HIE, Charlotte ran her own small business. She also has past experience as a manager with the NHS.

Her appointment follows Alex Paterson’s move to his new role as chief executive of Historic Environment Scotland.

Commenting on the role, Charlotte said: “It is an exciting and challenging time for the Highlands and Islands and for HIE. The region is in a good place. We have a diverse business sector, mainly of small to medium enterprises, and strong key sectors such as life sciences and renewable energy.

This diversity and strength of sectors provides valuable economic resilience for the uncertainties ahead.”

HIE chairman Professor Lorne Crerar said: “Charlotte’s experience as director and member of HIE’s leadership team over a number of years will ensure a smooth transition of leadership for the organisation as we move to recruit a permanent chief executive.”

HIE’s area manager for Moray, David Oxley, is now acting director of business and sector growth, while Rachel Hunter, area manager for Shetland, will temporarily take on additional responsibilities for Moray.