Shetland Arts Development Agency (Shetland Arts) is an independent charitable trust whose objectives, set out in the Trust Deed, define the scope and type of work the organisation can undertake. The Trust Deed is the primary governing instrument that all the other policies, plans and activities of Shetland Arts are required to support.


  • Ryan Stevenson (Chair)
  • Olive MacLeod
  • Lynne McHattie
  • Robin Sandison
  • Sophie Whitehead
  • Louise Garriock

It is the role of Shetland Arts Development Agency Trustees to ensure the objectives of the Trust are realised through the management and direction of the organisation’s Chief Executive and through the approval and monitoring of a range of policies, delegation schedules and strategic plans. A key role of the Board of Trustees is to take the ‘long view’ on the organisation’s development and sustainability, including the monitoring of financial matters such as the approval of annual budgets and management accounts. Trustees ensure the organisation stays relevant to the community it serves by adapting to change and responding to strategic opportunities and challenges. Trustees serve a term of three years and are selected through a process of open recruitment.

The Chief Executive

The Chief Executive has a key role in developing strategy and policy. She/he attend Board Meetings and contribute to the decision making process. She/he has delegated authority from the Board of Trustees to manage all day to day functions of the Trust (including staffing matters) within agreed budgets and structures; and the delivery of arts development activity through the staff and volunteer team, in line with agreed service plans and organisational objectives. The Chief Executive also carries a specific responsibility for Health & Safety issues, ensuring that all relevant legislation is adhered to and that every reasonable action is taken to reduce risk to all who come into contact with the activity of the Trust.


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