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Education / Directors appointed to merged college charitable company

The NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway, one of the colleges earmarked to merge into one organisation. Photo: Shetland NewsThe NAFC Marine Centre UHI. Photo: Shetland News

A NUMBER of people have been appointed as directors to the charitable company which will run the proposed new merged college in Shetland.

Those appointed to Shetland UHI Ltd on 31 July included former Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart, former fisheries leader and chairman of Shetland Catch John Goodlad, Shetland College principal Jane Lewis and chief executive of Shetland Arts Graeme Howell.

Also appointed as directors were George Wallington, Elizabeth Mouat, Cally Mair, Andrew Anderson, Lauren Doughton, Glenn Gilfillan and Karen Hall.

The majority of the directors were part of the shadow board which oversaw the initial steps of the merger process, and they include staff and student representatives.

The proposed merged entity would bring together Shetland College, NAFC Marine Centre and Train Shetland as one organisation as part of the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) network.

The new college is set to be constituted as a charitable company, which means it will have no owners or shareholders. It will be registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and Companies House.

The company will be “required to achieve its charitable objectives and meet the needs of its intended beneficiaries”, such as students, learners and researchers.

The new college will be governed by a board of directors under a single chair.

Its proposed unincorporated status has previously drawn criticism from union EIS.

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