New National Trust general manager in Aberdeenshire

Iain Hawkins has been appointed as the new general manager for the National Trust for Scotland.
Iain Hawkins has been appointed as the new general manager for the National Trust for Scotland.

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland has appointed a new general manager to oversee Aberdeenshire’s most outstanding heritage.

Iain Hawkins will be caring for some of Scotland’s favourite historic buildings including Haddo House, Crathes Castle and Fyvie Castle.

Although his new role brings Iain responsibility for 12 iconic properties in Aberdeenshire and Angus, the challenges of caring for well-loved visitor attractions are nothing new to him.

In his previous role with the Merlin Entertainments Group, he was central to the renaissance of Lancashire’s Blackpool resort including the refurbishment of eight landmark attractions.

Iain, from Dundee, said: “I had a fantastic experience in Lancashire and working with what was seen by many as a flagship for tourism in the UK was an absolute honour.

“As a proud Scot I am delighted to be coming home after 22 years and my new role with the National Trust for Scotland will be very different from my last one.

“The properties I will be working with in the North-east are true treasures and I am looking forward to welcoming Trust members and visitors from around the world and ensuring they enjoy memorable, first-rate experiences.