Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) have announced the appointment of a new Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Stephen Carter OBE has been a board member for 3 years and replaces Robert Balfour, who after twelve years’ service on the Board including 8 as Chairman has chosen to step down following his appointment as Lord Lieutenant of Fife.
Amanda McFarlane, Chief Executive of FCCT said “On behalf of FCCT I would also like to thank Robert for his many years of service to the Trust. Robert has been an excellent Chair and I know he will continue to be a great supporter and ambassador for the Trust. We wish him well in his new role as Lord Lieutenant of Fife”.
With a hospitality career spanning four decades, Stephen is among the most seasoned and respected hoteliers in the UK, having managed such prestigious establishments as the Edinburgh Caledonian, the St Andrews Bay and the Cameron House Hotel at Loch Lomond.
A board member of VisitScotland, he was awarded the VisitScotland Silver Thistle for outstanding contribution to Scottish tourism in 2002. Stephen served as chairman of the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland from 2001 until 2013 and is a founding director of the International Leadership School. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for services to the Hospitality Industry and was named the UK Hotelier of the Year in 2011.
Amanda said “We are delighted that Stephen has accepted the role of Chair. Stephen’s depth of experience will be invaluable for the Trust and I am very much looking forward to working with him”.
Stephen added “I have worked with FCCT for a number of years and am always impressed by the work they deliver throughout the Kingdom. It is a great honour to be asked to become the Chair of the Board of Trustees and I look forward to helping the Trust to deliver more great projects for residents and visitors".