The board of Clan Donald Lands Trust (CDLT) has appointed Alex Stoddart as its new chief executive.
He will be responsible for the strategic and operational management of the trust’s estate and will chair the management committee, along with finance director Iain J Farquharson and estate manager Chris Cartwright.
The 20,000-acre estate in South Skye includes Armadale Castle, its gardens and the Museum of the Isles.
Born and raised on the Isle of Skye, Stoddart comes from the position of managing director for the Scottish Association for Country Sports, the not-for-profit representative body for field sports in Scotland.
He previously worked overseas in a number of senior roles in real estate and investment management.
Stoddart commented: “Having worked away for many years, I am now able to bring back my senior management skills and experience to benefit the Clan Donald Lands Trust and our local communities.
“As well as being a key employer and environmental custodian, ‘the clan’, as it was known in my youth, plays a vital role in preserving and promoting our social history and culture.
“I look forward to being an active part of the Skye community once again, building on old friendships and forging new partnerships.”
Jamie Macdonald, chair of the executive committee of CDLT, commented: “In a field of very strong candidates, Alex presented himself as the person best able to guide CDLT in the next period of its strategic development.
“We have every confidence that he will build on the work carried out by our staff, management committee and trustee committees over a very difficult and Covid-battered 16 months.
“We look forward to working with him to reinforce CDLT’s leading position as promoter of the history and culture of Clan Donald and other Highland clans, and as the preserver of the Clan Donald estate on Skye for the benefit of both local and worldwide communities.”
CDLT is a Scottish Registered Charity founded in 1971. The trust’s mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of Clan Donald, the Lordship of the Isles and the Highlands & Islands.
The trust manages a 20,000-acre estate on the Isle of Skye which was once part of the traditional lands of Clan Donald.
As well as the castle, gardens and museum, the estate also includes crofting land, a farm, commercial and natural woodlands.
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