Wiston weathers the storm

As we step into spring 2022, we reflect on the past and look to the future.

Our friends will recall bidding farewell to Jonny Sutherland last summer, as he relocated with his family including Wiston character Barney the dog; and as autumn turned into winter, we welcomed Fiona Hird as Chief Executive.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jonny. He kept us on track, ensuring Wiston Lodge’s original charitable purpose of providing facilities and activities for young people and children remained in focus.  As Managing Director, Jonny steered us through unpredictable climates.  It is to his credit that he did this without losing any staff and, while other outdoor centres closed, Jonny secured Wiston Lodge as a business enterprise, ready to welcome groups as we emerge from the pandemic.  Thank you Jonny, we wish you all the best in your new post, assessing the safety of forestry trails and sites on the west coast.

Focusing on the forecast, Fiona steps into the role as our first Chief Executive, leading our charity through another phase of growth and development.  Fiona joined us in October 2021.  A mum to five children, Fiona juggles her family life with her passion for widening access to people from all walks of life.  She comes with many years of experience managing a national youth and education charity, Fabb Scotland, with previous experience of managing outdoor education, community sports and leisure facilities and youth work all within the statutory sector.  Fiona’s creative and inclusive approach to business is set to open up new and exciting partnerships for Wiston Lodge.  She’s looking forward to meeting all of you.  

Our future looks bright!  Read more about our charitable mission below.