Finance chief to leave council

Jonathan Belford. Photo: SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council’s (SIC) finance manager Jonathan Belford is to leave his post later this year to return to Aberdeen City Council.

Belford, who joined the council in 2014, will take up the role of chief finance officer in Aberdeen.

His role at the council was initially part of a partnership agreement with former employer Aberdeen City Council before he joined the SIC permanently in 2016.

Belford said working in Shetland “has been fantastic, with no two days the same and a demanding and rewarding workload”.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with talented officers and councillors and I will sorely miss my own staff who have delivered their work time after time on the frontline and in support of the council and pension fund – they are amazing,” he added.

“I know that I leave the council in a good financial position, but it’s not without its challenges. I am certain that Maggie [Sandison, chief executive] and the corporate management team will support the council to tackle those challenges head on, and I wish everyone here the best of luck for the future.”

Sandison congratulated Belford on his new role but said it was “sad news for Shetland”.

“Jonathan has made a real difference to the council in his time here,” she said.

“His ability to translate complex financial information for non-experts has earned him the respect of our elected members and staff. I am certain members will join me in thanking Jonathan for his excellent work for the council.

“I am sorry to see him leave us, but respect his decision to take the professional opportunity this role presents for him, and I wish him all the very best.”