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Charitable trust now has three vacancies

Betty Fullerton.

SHETLAND Charitable Trust is now seeking to appoint three new trustees after Betty Fullerton has handed in her resignation for personal reasons.

The charity has extended its deadline for applications until the end of February after receiving next to no interest in the two vacancies, which were advertised in December.

The two posts became available after NHS Shetland chairman Ian Kinniburgh and Voluntary Action Shetland chief executive Catherine Hughson’s terms of office came to an end.

Kinniburgh did not seek re-appointment and Hughson was unsuccessful in the reselection process to the £215m trust.

On Wednesday, former Shetland health board chairwoman Betty Fullerton confirmed that she was leaving the trust as of 28 February.

Chairman Bobby Hunter said the trust wanted to ensure “as wide a field of candidates as possible”.

The posts are unpaid and are described by Hunter as “very responsible but not too onerous”.

SCT is a major funder of a wide variety of charitable causes throughout Shetland including rural care homes, a range of voluntary services, and the recreational, amenity and arts trusts.

The trust owns property development company SLAP and district heating company Shetland Heat Energy And Power (SHEAP), and also has a major share in wind farm developer Viking Energy.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the trust had made a number of changes to the directorship of these companies.

Both Martin Tregonning and Paul Clelland resigned from the board of SHEAP in summer last year and were replaced by Kinniburgh and Keith Massey in August last year.

And Hjaltland Housing Association chief executive Bryan Leask was replaced as a director of SLAP by property surveyor Michael Thomson, also in August last year.

None of the three director posts were advertised, and trustees were only informed of the appointments during the confidential part of a trust meeting on 11 September.