Name: Catherine Hughson Electoral Ward: Shetland Central Description: Independent
Born in Lerwick, I moved to Whiteness in 1974. I am a widow; I sadly lost John in 2014 after 42 years of marriage. We have three lovely children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren – that is the legacy we both created and are very proud of.
I am now retired after many years of public service. The last 20 years of my working life was all about community, and support to a very important sector of Shetland life – the Third Sector. Working in the Third Sector alongside community organisations and communities, I was constantly reminded of the commitment and value that people invest in their communities, “without a sense of caring there can be no sense of community” J D Angelo.
I have represented the West Ward for the past five years and I served on the Education and Families, Environment and Transport and Audit Committees, Shetland Area Licensing Board, Licensing Committee and Planning Committee.
There is much unfinished business, in relation to the Learning Estate Strategy and the Islands Deal. Given the level of poverty and high cost of living in the islands we need to develop local solutions for local problems and I have been advocating for this at every opportunity across all services the Council provides. We must ensure we continue to support the most vulnerable in our community through strong representation on the proposed National Care Service.
Shetland’s infrastructure is crucial to island life and economy and we must invest in our roads, schools, care homes, and council housing, along with all other infrastructure, in order to keep them at a standard that is fit for purpose. Fixed links must be promoted this will help our most remote communities, but also assist with our carbon emissions and help climate change.
If elected I will continue to use my experience in the public and Third Sector, as well as my experience of the last five years in the Council, to work with fellow Central Ward members for the constituents of the Central Ward, and for the Shetland population as a whole.