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New CEO appointed for Inverness-based airport operator HIAL

By Federica Stefani

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Paul Kelsall will be the new CEO for HIAL.
Paul Kelsall will be the new CEO for HIAL.

A Highland airport operator has announced the appointment of its new CEO today.

HIAL, the company operating airports in Inverness and several other locations across the Highlands, said that Paul Kelsall, who was in the Royal Navy for more than two decades and who has since been working in the private aviation sector, will take the lead for the organisation.

Mr Kelsall has previously worked as managing director and accountable manager for Offshore Helicopter Services UK Limited and will join HIAL on May 20.

Speaking following his appointment, Mr Kelsall commented: “I am thrilled to be joining HIAL as CEO and am hugely excited to lead an organisation that has been played a large part in my working career. My role in 2006 involved working from Sumburgh Airport and during my flying career I have visited almost all HIAL airports.

“HIAL is renowned for the professional, friendly, and high-quality services it provides, and I have been fortunate to have had first-hand experience of that throughout my career. I look forward to working with the HIAL Board, the Senior Management Team and the dedicated HIAL team.”

Lorna Jack, chair of HIAL Board said: “We are delighted to have secured someone of Paul’s calibre and experience to lead the organisation and deliver our strategic priorities. I look forward to working with him as an Executive Member of the HIAL Board."

She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Stewart Adams – who has served as Interim CEO – for his significant contribution and work with the senior management team to deliver our strategic priorities against a challenging financial backdrop.

“HIAL is in a strong position to commence delivery of our priorities for the coming financial year. This is in no small part due to Stewart, and he will leave HIAL on a sound footing for Paul to build on the good work he has started.”

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