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 structure.


Chief Executive - Alistair Buchan

Head of Executive Support - Karen Greaves.

Head of Finance - Gareth Waterson.

Orkney Health and Care - Chief Officer Sally Shaw

Head of Health and Community Care - John Trainor.

Head of Children and Families including Criminal Justice and Chief Social Work Officer - Scott Hunter.

Education, Leisure and Housing - Executive Director Wilf Weir

Head of Schools - James Wylie.

Head of Leisure and Lifelong Learning - Peter Diamond.

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 IT and Facilities - Hayley Green.

Development and Infrastructure - Executive Director Gavin Barr

Head of Marine, Engineering and Transportation - Brian Archibald.

Head of Planning, Development and Regulatory Services - Roddy Mackay.

Head of Infrastructure and Strategic Projects - Darren Richardson.

Strategic Advisor Renewables and Connectivity - Shona Croy.