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Council Appoints New Executive Manager

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Shetland Islands Council is pleased to announce it has appointed a new Head of Finance

Paul Fraser will join the Council from 9th January, taking up the post most recently held by Jamie Manson, who took on the role of finance director at Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd late last year.

Paul is 52, and will be joined in Shetland by his wife Karen, three dogs and four cats, all street rescues during his time abroad. 

He has three adult children.

Since 2019, Paul has been Head of Administration and Finance with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Pristina, Kosovo. 

Between 2013-2019, he led the Field Finance Office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Jerusalem. 

From 2001-2008 he held several senior roles in the UK, including as Director of Finance with Northern Constabulary between 2003-2008.

Paul is a Chartered Accountant, also holding a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accountancy and has a wide-ranging background in both the public and private sectors, and has particular interests in budget, risk and controls. 

He says:

“After an extended period abroad I am delighted to be returning to an area that I always enjoyed visiting. 

“I look forward to working with staff and elected representatives to establish a stable financial position, ensuring high quality services for the future.”

Welcoming Paul to Shetland Islands Council, Chief Executive Maggie Sandison says:

“This is one of the Council’s key roles, and Paul’s broad and extensive experience makes him an excellent fit for the position. 

“Our Council and community face difficult times, and I look forward to working closely with him as we deal with the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

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