THE Scottish Government has announced the appointment of Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland as one of two new non-executive directors appointed to the board of Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd. Ms Jack already commands several other paid positions, including of course a significant salary in her position at the Law Society of Scotland.
Although Law Society of Scotland officials prefer not to emphasise the salaries of their officials in media releases, the CEO’s office is thought to be worth several hundred thousand pounds, comparing similarly to the salary of it’s English equivalent, at around £400K a year.
The publicly owned HIAL operates 11 airports, including Dundee, Inverness, Barra, Stornoway and Islay.
Ms Jack, who joined the Society in January 2009, replacing the controversial Douglas Mill, has held a number of senior posts including President Americas for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government’s trade and investment arm, and chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley.
A chartered accountant by profession, Jack is also a trustee and treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation which was started by ex First Minister now Lord Jack McConnell.
The appointments, which run from 1 March 2014 to 28 February 2017, are part-time and attract a remuneration of £6,987 per annum for a time commitment of two days per month.
Bruce Beveridge, President of the Law Society of Scotland, commented: “I am delighted that Lorna has been appointed to this position, which will allow her to contribute her considerable business skills and experience to supporting HIAL’s work in some of the more remote parts of Scotland.Lorna will take up this role in addition to her responsibilities at the Society. In recognition of the support she has received from her colleagues, Lorna has arranged for her remuneration to be paid to the Society.Along with everyone at the Society, I wish her well in this new and exciting position.”
The other appointment is James McLaughlin, previously HR director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.