Appointment of Finance Director Designate

Derek Bond has been appointed Finance Director Designate of UHI North, West and Hebrides.

An experienced financial executive, Derek is a chartered accountant with an extensive range of financial and operational senior management experience across a variety of business sectors, including crowdfunding and private equity investment. He joins us from his consultancy role as Finance Director and Company Secretary at Dundee United Football Club, where he was responsible for brokering the sale of the club to a US investor.

Up until the proposed vesting date for the new college which is subject to Scottish Government approval, Derek will have operational responsibility for the finance areas of UHI West Highland and UHI Outer Hebrides and ensuring the three colleges’ financial systems and processes are ready for merger.

After vesting, he will have responsibility for UHI North, West and Hebrides and delivering on the financial commitments in the merger business plan.

Derek, who took up his post on 17 April, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this challenging role at a very exciting time for UHI North, West and Hebrides. I am really looking forward to working with everyone to ensure the success of the merged college in the months and years ahead.”

UHI North Highland currently operates a shared finance service with UHI Inverness. This will continue through UHI North, West and Hebrides.