McArthur: New HIE chief must protect independence of HIE

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has renewed calls for the independence of Highlands and Islands Enterprise to be protected as Highlands and Islands Enterprise appoint Charlotte Wright, the agency’s interim Chief Executive, on a permanent basis.

The appointment follows a six month campaign to keep the board of HIE local and two parliamentary defeats on the government’s enterprise and skills plans.

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, who has been campaigning to keep HIE local, said:

“I would like to congratulate Charlotte Wright and wish her well in her new post. There is no doubt that HIE faces significant challenges in the next few years. Those challenges, however, will be best met with an agency focused first and foremost on the economic and social needs of businesses and communities in the Highlands & Islands. Hopefully, therefore, HIE and its new Chief Executive will be spared any further Ministerial meddling and allowed to get on with the important job in hand."


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