Board of Directors

The role of the HIAL Board is to challenge the Senior Management Team on its strategy for the business and to provide guidance and support on aviation and non aviation issues.

In particular, the Board reviews safety and security, risk management, corporate governance, finance, business and commercial strategy and human resources.

The Directors operate under their formal adoption in March 2004 of the HIAL Board Members Code of Conduct, which is derived from the Model Code produced by the Standards Commission of Scotland, together with recognition of other published corporate governance guidelines.

HIAL Directors


Lorna Jack, Chair

Lorna is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Aberdeen University.

She has served on the Board of HIAL as a non-executive Director since March 2014 and chaired its Audit Committee for over three years, until she was invited to take on the Interim Chair role in October 2017. As Interim Chair she provided strategic leadership to the Board and represented the organisation liaising with key stakeholders. From 1 February 2019 she was appointed as Chair of the Board.

She remains the Chief Executive of the Law Society of Scotland, the professional body for Scottish Solicitors. For the past 10 years she has worked in that role with a Council, Board and senior leadership team to deliver an ambitious strategy which is making the Law Society a world-class, more modern and relevant professional body.

Lorna is also a member of the board of the Scottish Funding Council and is a member of its Finance Committee. She is a Trustee and Treasurer of the McConnell International Foundation.

Inglis Lyon, Managing Director

Inglis Lyon became HIAL’s Managing Director in May 2005. Aberdeen-born Mr Lyon was previously the Managing Director of Stagecoach East. Educated at Inverness High School, he completed an apprenticeship with a local garage before gaining an honours degree in Transport Technology from the University of Ulster in Belfast. He then joined Stagecoach, where he held a variety of management positions, initially in depot management in Chorley, Bolton and Carlisle, before moving into senior management. He held the posts of Operations Director in Cumbria and Managing Director of Stagecoach divisions throughout England and also in Africa.

Gillian Bruton, Finance Director

Gillian qualified with a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from Glasgow University and completed her Chartered Accounting qualification with PWC in Glasgow.  She then spent 3 years working as an International Internal Auditor, working globally for Thorn EMI based near London.  She joined Polaroid in 1998 where she held various Finance roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as Group Finance Director from 2007 to 2013 for the Polaroid Eyewear division, which manufactures and sells Polaroid Eyewear branded sunglasses globally.  She joined Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd as Finance Director in May 2013.  This is a joint appointment with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd.

Eric Hollanders, Non-Executive Director

Eric’s most recent position was that of CEO of a Dutch Bank setting the strategy, managing stakeholder relationships, setting budgets and delivering against them and ensuring they had the appropriate structure and governance in place. He recently joined the Board and Audit Committee of Muirhouse Housing Association and the Board of an Amsterdam based fintech company, adding non-executive roles to his experience. Mr Hollanders is currently enrolled in the Executive Management programme Consulting and Coaching for Change at Oxford University/HEC in Paris. This programme focusses on change management, leadership and large transformations providing its participants with the skills to make changes become sustainable and successful.

Christopher Holliday, Non-Executive Director 

Christopher has over 30 years’ experience in the regional aviation industry, working for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and an industry association.  This has included 14 years with regional airlines operating in or to Scotland, holding senior positions in commercial and operational roles including Accountable Manager and Nominated Post Holder positions for flight and ground operations and Continued Airworthiness Management.  Christopher applies this broad experience to his work in aviation consultancy and in his roles as a Non-Executive Director with technology company Cranfield Aerospace Solutions and Aurigny Air Services, a regional airline in the Channel Islands.  He has a particular interest in safety, regional air services that provide vital transport links for remote communities and in new technologies to make these services as economic, reliable and sustainable as possible.

Jim McLaughlin, Non-Executive Director

Jim’s main home is in Linlithgow and was previously based in West Cumbria as 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.  Jim has a good track record 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.  He is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has an MBA.

Loraine Strachan, Non-Executive Director 

Loraine is a Chartered Accountant having completed her training with Ernst & Young in South Africa.  Her career has progressed from audit and management accounting roles through to Finance and HR Director roles.  She was the Finance Manager at the logistics arm of Capespan in South Africa in her earlier career, and Vice President Finance and HR at Menzies Aviation (part of John Menzies Plc) for Africa and the Middle East.  She previously served as Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee for Impact Arts, and is a finance and HR consultant in the private and public sectors.

Isabel Todenhoefer, Non-Executive Director 

Isabel is a finance and M&A expert with more than 12 years’ of experience in the aviation industry, where she worked as Head of M&A Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt.  After leaving Lufthansa she co-founded the real estate financing platform Everge Financing Sl based in Madrid.  She holds an MBA from Insead.