The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group is strengthening its senior management team as it prepares for the launch of its new helicopter service and works towards replacing its Scillonian III passenger ferry.
Stuart Reid has been appointed as acting Chief Operations Officer to manage day-to-day operations, and is planning a senior appointment to its marine business. Further recruitment to the Board is underway and Chairman Andrew May will be increasing his hands-on role.
Stuart joined the group as Chief Financial Officer almost five years ago. He has been a main Board director since June 2015 and has played a key role preparing for the launch of the group’s new Island Helicopters service from Land’s End Airport on May 21st.
His appointment coincides with Mark Howarth finishing in his role of interim Managing Director on May 13th, a position he has held for eight months; Mark will remain on the Board.
Steamship Group Chairman Andrew May said: “The group is at an exciting time in its development and we will continue to evolve our management team. We are delighted to be promoting Stuart to a new role. It is a reflection of the contribution he makes to the business and his hard work preparing for the launch of Island Helicopters in just a few weeks’ time, which has been a fantastic team effort by everyone involved.
“Thanks also to Mark who has done a tremendous job as interim Managing Director. This was a position originally planned for just six months so we are grateful for the extra time he has given us and for his unerring focus on customer service and our wider stakeholder relationships.
“We are looking at further strengthening our management team, especially on the marine side, and plan further appointments to the Board as we look to the future, including our plans for a new Scillonian passenger ship.”
Stuart Reid said: “I’m delighted to be taking on this new position and will be working very closely with Andrew in his enhanced role, the Board and other colleagues as we integrate Island Helicopters and plan for future investment in the transport network.”
Stuart added: “As well as offering passengers more choice, Island Helicopters will make the transport network more resilient by supplementing the fixed wing and ferry service, which is good news for customers and for the islands’ economy.”
The Steamship Group announced in February that it is to begin its own helicopter service from Land's End on May 21st. It has said that its "all-weather aircraft proved its resilience during recent trials when it was able to operate from Land’s End in adverse weather".
Penzance Heliport Ltd has confirmed that the new service will not be able to fly into Tresco as the island's heliport is not scheduled to become fully operational until 2019.