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Community / Amenity trust chair to step down

SAT chair Ruth Mackenzie. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland NewsSAT chair Ruth Mackenzie. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

SHETLAND Amenity Trust chair Ruth Mackenzie is set to step down from the role for health reasons.

Vice-chair Alastair Hamilton will take on the position on an interim basis before a new chair is appointed.

Mackenzie joined the trust in 2017 and was appointed to the role of chair of the board the following year.

“I have really valued my time with the trust and I am very sorry to be stepping down,” she said.

“My preference would be to stay on in the role but unfortunately health issues have arisen which mean that I can no longer continue to give the level of commitment that I would wish.

“It has been an incredibly difficult decision but my health and family must come first. I am hugely passionate about the work of the trust and wish all of the staff and trustees the very best for the future.”

Hamilton said: “We are very sad that Ruth is unable to continue in her role but we completely understand her reasons for doing so.

“Her health and family must have absolute priority. We are all deeply grateful for all that she has done for the trust over the last few years.

“She really has given the trust her all and has provided strong leadership through challenging times.  She will be sorely missed.”