COPE Ltd. Announces Appointment of New CEO

Steven Coutts Steven CouttsA well-known figure in the local community, Steven is dedicated to public service, serving as an elected Councillor for approaching 10 years, with the last four as the Council’s political leader. Initially undertaking a phased start, Steven will take up the role full time in the Spring.

Despite the inevitable disruption caused by the pandemic, local social enterprise and registered charity COPE Ltd continues to operate all four of its successful business units. The appontment is a key move to ensure COPE continues to provide the skills development placements and inclusive opportunities required within the community for many years to come. The organisation also hopes to further develop supportive work environments, free from stigma and discrimination, throughout Shetland.

Neil Jamieson, Chair of COPE said “We are delighted to have Steven join us as our new CEO. His leadership skills and extensive business experience will be key to support us moving forwards sustainably and to ensure we continue to provide the access to inclusive opportunities that Shetland requires for years to come”.

He added, “Steven’s experience will help us maintain and develop strong ties with local and national stakeholders whilst also developing a vibrant future that ensures more choice of roles for current and future participants”.

Steven Coutts said “I am delighted to be joining COPE. I am really looking forward to working with the Board, staff, participants, and stakeholders to build on the real strengths of COPE and further its social aims. Like many organisations, there are still challenges due to the pandemic, and a degree of stability will be required in the short term. There are significant opportunities out there for the future and working together we will see COPE and the individuals we support flourish and thrive.” Gareth, Shaun and Malcolm in the Polycrub Gareth, Shaun and Malcolm in the Polycrub

Through a service level agreement with the Shetland Islands Council COPE currently offers 100 skills development sessions weekly to adults living with learning disabilities or autism. We also provide various supported employment opportunities across our four business units: Shetland Kitchen Co, Shetland Garden Co, Shetland Home Co and Shetland Soap Company.