New members appointed to HIAL Board

Public Appointments Scotland has today (Thursday 28 November) announced the appointment of Eric Hollanders; Christopher Holliday; Loraine Strachan and Isabel Todenhoefer as Non-Executive Directors of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL).

Eric Hollanders and Lorraine Strachan will join the Board on 1st December, followed by Christopher Holliday and Isabel Todenhoefer, who will join us on 1st March 2020.   All four members will be appointed for a three year period.

Lorna Jack, Chair of the Board of Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) welcomed the new appointments.  She said  “I’m delighted to welcome such highly experienced individuals to our Board.  Their considerable skills and breadth of knowledge will complement our existing membership and contribute significantly to HIAL’s future strategy.

“They join us at an exciting stage in HIAL’s development and I look forward to working with them as we build a regional airport group that will serve our communities now and in the future.”

Eric Hollanders’ 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.

Loraine Strachan 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 is currently a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee for Impact Arts and is a finance and HR consultant in the private and public sectors.

Christopher Holliday has 34 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.  Mr Holliday 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.

Isabel Todenhoefer 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.

Read the full announcement here.