Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Council Structure

Chief Executive: Alistair Buchan

Chief Executive Alistair Buchan

"As a council, we touch the lives of everyone living in our community. It’s a big responsibility and one that we’re proud to bear. Our aim, put simply, is to provide high quality services that benefit our people, our communities, our culture, economy and environment."


Telephone: 01856873535.

Council Structure

Orkney Islands Council Organisational Chart as at July 2016.Chief Executive - Alistair Buchan

Head of Executive Support - Karen Greaves.

Head of Finance - Gareth Waterson.

Orkney Health and Care - Chief Officer Caroline Sinclair

Head of Health and Community Care - John Trainor.

Head of Children and Families including Criminal Justice - Jon Humphreys.

Education, Leisure and Housing - Executive Director Wilf Weir

Head of Schools - Peter Diamond.

Head of Leisure and Lifelong Learning - Karen Greaves.

Head of Housing and Homelessness - Frances Troup.

Corporate Services - Executive Director Gillian Morrison

Head of HR and Performance - Andrew Groundwater.

Head of Legal Services - Gavin Mitchell.

Head of Buildings and Facilities - Hayley Green.

Change Programme Manager - Kenny Low.

Development and Infrastructure - Executive Director Gavin Barr

Head of Marine, Engineering and Transportation - Brian Archibald.

Head of Strategic Projects and Enterprise - Jan Falconer.

Head of Planning and Regulatory Services - Roddy Mackay.

Head of Infrastructure - Darren Richardson.