Two Members Reappointed to HIAL Board

The Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP today announced the reappointment of Lorna Jack and James McLaughlin as Members of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

Lorna Jack has been Chief Executive at the Law Society since January 2009. Prior to that, she was based in the United States, as President Americas for Scottish Development International, the Scottish Government’ trade and investment arm. Previously, Ms Jack was Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, one of 12 local enterprise companies covering Scotland. She is a chartered accountant by profession, a graduate of Aberdeen University and a Trustee and Treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation.

James McLaughlin was previously HR Director for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction, power generation and energy supply industries, including roles as Director of Learning for Scottish Power and International HR Director for PacifiCorp, based in the USA. Mr McLaughlin has experience at Board level, most recently as Chair of Energus and as a non-executive Director of Direct Rail Services. He also has significant experience as a pension scheme trustee and is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MBA.


The reappointments are for three years and run from 1 March 2017 until 29 February 2020. They are part time and attract remuneration of £296.97 per day for a minimum time commitment of 24 days per year.  The reappointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Other Ministerial Appointments

Ms Jack and Mr McLaughlin do not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Political Activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.  Ms Jack and Mr McLaughlin have had no political activity in the last five years.