Stornoway man Malcolm Macleod has been promoted to an executive chief officer post at Highland Council, it’s been announced.

Malcolm’s appointment as executive chief officer - infrastructure and environment is part of the council’s redesign programme.

Originally from Stornoway, Malcolm has been the council’s head of planning and environment for the last seven years and has worked in the Highlands for over 20 years. His most recent roles have included overseeing the delivery of many of the major housing and infrastructure projects across the Highland area as well as managing the council’s corporate change programme.

Announcing his new appointment, a Highland Council spokesman said: “He brings a strong focus on effective forward planning and an emphasis on partnership working with communities and with the business sector to this new role.”

Malcolm said: “It is a privilege to have been offered the opportunity to continue to drive forward growth for the Highlands, while recognising the need to manage the beautiful environment we all love. The Highlands are a fantastic place to live and work in and I am really looking forward to the new role.”