Community / Fisheries expert joins charitable trust board

Dr Beth Mouat.

PROMINENT local scientist Beth Mouat is joining the board of trustees at Shetland Charitable Trust (SCT).

The charity, which administers £380 million of community funds, is also looking to add another two new faces in the coming months to replace three trustees stepping down at the end of May.

Trust chair Andrew Cooper and Ian Napier will go after completing two four-year terms while Ken Harrison has spent four years on the board.

Dr Mouat is known for her work at UHI Shetland in Scalloway where she is director of research, enterprise and impact as well as the university’s islands strategy director.

She is the recognised expert scientist on Shetland’s wild shellfish stocks and advises on the management of local shellfish fisheries.

Dr Cooper said: “I’m confident Beth will be a great asset and bring fresh ideas. We need sharp minds on the issues that inevitably arise, so SCT is grateful when skilled people give up their time to help.”


Dr Mouat said she was keen to shape how community funds are put to best use in the coming years.

“The charitable trust contributes a great deal to community life in Shetland, not least through its support for charities and social care, alongside the fantastic leisure centres and cultural venues that it funds,” she said.

“We all benefit from the investment decisions made by trustees and I am looking forward to contributing to that process during my time on the board.”

SCT is about to start work on its next financial strategy which will shape its spending plans for 2025-2030.

The other trustees who continue on the board are vice-chair Robert Leask, Margaret Roberts, Ryan Stevenson, Ewen Adamson, Aaron Ferguson, Susan Gray, Yvette Hopkins, Ryan Leith and Emma Miller.

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