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The new trustees, from left to right: Alex Fenton, Alan Skinner, David Ramsay.

A TRIO of new trustees have been appointed to the Shetland Arts board – Alex Fenton, Alan Skinner and David Ramsay.

Chairwoman Lorraine Hall said she was “delighted” that public advertising resulted in the successful applicants, who have “a wealth of experience in different areas and a true passion for the arts”, coming forward.

Fenton has ten years’ experience in performing, recording and producing music – much of which was gained while running a community recording studio in Edinburgh.

He works in business and has experience in “the strategic development and delivery of projects across a range of disciplines”.

Skinner is a retired investment banker and wealth manager who, together with his wife, owns The Shetland Gallery in Yell.

“I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in any civilised society, and have sponsored many arts organisations throughout my career,” he said.

“However, I also strongly believe that arts organisations have to be run in a very businesslike way. I hope to help Shetland Arts develop a crystal clear vision and strategy, which will be understood by all of its stakeholders, particularly the people of Shetland.”

Ramsay moved to the islands with his family just over two and a half years ago. He works as a sales and events director for a charity, CWR, and travels regularly outside of Shetland on business.

He hopes his background and experience in sales, marketing and events management in both the commercial and charity sectors will benefit Shetland Arts in the future and is keen to see how the organisation can develop theatre.

Three existing board members will come to the end of their terms of office at the end of 2015, and it is hoped a further round of recruitment will take place following their departure.

Shetland Arts said it was “keen to recruit some youth voices to the board”.

Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021