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HIE boss Charlotte Wright is stepping down

By Alistair Whitfield

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Charlotte Wright has announced she will leave Highlands and Islands Enterprise later this year for personal reasons.

Ms Wright, who has led the development agency for the past five years, plans to step down in the summer.

In a letter to staff, she said: "I have been with HIE since 1997.

"It has been an enormous honour and privilege to have led this organisation, initially on an interim basis, since 2016.

"HIE has been a really significant part of my life, giving me the opportunity to live and work in the Highlands and Islands.

"I have also worked with so many talented, committed and passionate colleagues and friends who really care about what we do every day to make a positive difference to our region and its people."

Alistair Dodds, the organisation's chairman, paid tribute to her on behalf of the board.

He said: "Those of us who work closely with Charlotte have great respect and admiration for her as a person and for all she has accomplished in her very successful career with HIE, culminating in these past few years as chief executive.

"She has continually proven herself to be a highly effective and professional leader with a real passion for the Highlands and Islands and a burning ambition for HIE to do all in its power to deliver sustainable economic growth in every part of the region."

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