September start for new High Life Highland Chief Executive
13th June 2019
Steve Walsh OBE has been appointed as the Chief Executive designate for High Life Highland, it was announced today by Donald McLachlan, the Chair of the charity's Board. Mr Walsh will take up post in early September 2019, following the retirement of current Chief Executive, Ian Murray.
Steve Walsh is currently Head of People and ICT at The Highland Council and has held this position since 2016. He has had extensive experience of successful financial and people management in a number of high-profile appointments throughout his career. Prior to The Highland Council, Steve's experience included various roles in the private sector and a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force. Having worked as a business development executive, Steve also has wide experience in stakeholder relationship management in the Private Sector.
While in the RAF, Steve held senior roles in the Ministry of Defence and Permanent Joint Headquarters. He was transformation director for the closure of RAF Kinloss, leading through a period of exceptional change. Steve amassed over 4,500 flying hours on the Nimrod and his RAF career also included command appointments and several operational tours overseas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. His last role was at HQ Air Command, where he led strategic resourcing during a period of unprecedented, concurrent change. Steve was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2013.
As a member of The Highland Council’s executive leadership team, Steve understands the challenges and opportunities currently facing public service delivery in the Highlands, and the need to prioritise solutions that allow local voices to be heard. A keen weightlifter, Steve lives in Inverness with his wife and three daughters, he is a non-executive Board member of Inverness College UHI and holds a number of roles in the voluntary sector.
Steve Walsh said:"It is a huge honour and privilege to join the fantastic team at High Life Highland. The work of High Life Highland encompasses much of what inspires and motivates me as a person. Providing equal access to culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing has never been more important in our society. Moreover, as a current member of The Highland Council’s executive leadership team, I understand the community challenges and opportunities against an increasingly challenging financial backdrop facing The Highland Council. Across the Highlands, those challenges and opportunities vary greatly and therefore a priority must be to develop solutions that allow local voices to be heard in terms of shaping the services offered by HLH for the future."
Chair of the High Life Highland Board, Donald McLachlan said:"On behalf of the High Life Highland Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Steve Walsh to the Chief Executive role for the charity.
Mr McLachlan continued: “Within the ongoing context of challenging public sector finances, the Board of High Life Highland welcomes the extensive experience in leadership and change management that Steve will bring to the organisation’s future development.
Mr Walsh will take up the position of Chief Executive of the charity on 2 September 2019.
Saturday 22nd June 2019 was the Highland celebration event for Highland Council's newest DLITE PGDE graduates. Fifteen students have graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education DLITE (Distance Learning ITE) course, with ten of them present for the celebration.
The website www.deliverylaw.uk was one year old on Saturday (22nd June 2019) and Trading Standards officers at Highland Council are looking to highlight its importance in the battle for fair internet delivery charges. The site provides a one-stop-shop for consumers and businesses to receive all the information they need about internet delivery charges and to report bad practices that they might encounter.
The introduction of a service to support the mental health and wellbeing of Highland Council staff and councillors is to be considered by the Council next week. A report to Councillors will seek Members' approval for the procurement of an Employee Assistance Programme for staff and Members which could offer telephone and internet-based counselling 24 hours a day.
Road users are advised that on Saturday 22 June 2019 part of the C1112 Glen Affric Road will be temporarily closed to vehicles from 11am to 5pm during the Highland Cross 2019 event. The area affected is between the road's junction with the C1110 Cannich - Fasnakle - Kerrow Wood Road and its end at the north side of the road bridge over the Abhainn Gleann nam Fiadh.
People working in Highland trades businesses are being urged by The Highland Council to attend a supplier briefing roadshow event near them coming soon across the region if they wish to tender for future Council contracts. The Council has created a new Trades Services Framework for repair, maintenance and minor works to maintain and improve the Council estate and to help deliver the Council's property maintenance programme for domestic and non-domestic properties.
Highland Council Trading Standards have been made aware that cold call telephone scammers have recently changed tactics and are now targeting individual bank customers to gain access to bank accounts and clear bank accounts of cash. The so-called "authorised push payment scam" involves a fraudster impersonating a bank representative and phoning an unsuspecting potential victim by telephone.
The Highland Council is asking communities and other stakeholders for their thoughts and opinion on a draft strategy to improve the town centres of Brora, Dornoch, Golspie, Thurso and Wick. The draft Caithness and Sutherland Town Centre Strategy presents several potential actions for each of the town centres.
Highland schools and Police call on people to share information on suspected anti-social, alcohol and drug activity. Highland Council secondary schools in the Mid Highland area and Police Scotland are writing to parents and carers urging them to share any concerns or information related to possible anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug activity in their areas.
William Gilfillan, Director of Community Services will be leaving the Council on Friday, 7th June 2019. William joined Highland Council from Fife Council in 2000 to lead the New Community School development in Alness Academy.
Highland Council is to seek the views of local communities on a proposal to establish a Gaelic Medium catchment area for Mount Pleasant Primary School. The change is being proposed in line with Statutory Guidance on Gaelic Medium Education.
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