Experienced hand to guide heritage trust forward

A woman who has cared for some of the most important industrial heritage in the world has been appointed as chief executive of a Moray-based heritage trust.

As chief executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, a World Heritage Site in Shropshire, England, Anna Brennand brings a wealth of experience having led a series of multi-million pound redevelopment projects and winning several awards including VisitEngland Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

She will join the Cabrach Trust which was set up to preserve the rich history and heritage of a remote area of Moray.

Chair of the Cabrach Trust, Grant Gordon said: ‘We are delighted to have Anna on board to help the Cabrach Trust drive community regeneration in our area, showcasing the Cabrach’s cultural heritage and revealing its role in Scotland’s secret history.

‘We look forward to working with Anna to create an exciting heritage centre and historic working distillery here in the Cabrach.’

Miss Brennand said: ‘I’m really looking forward to working with the Cabrach Trust to bring the history of this part of Scotland to life through the creation of a distinctive attraction for visitors.

‘Like Ironbridge, the Cabrach played a vital role in history. There is an exciting road ahead and I look forward to this new challenge.’

The hills and glens of the Cabrach were used to conceal many illegal whisky stills until the law was changed in 1823 to make legal whisky production more profitable, leading to the commercial success of Scotch we know today.

The Cabrach is also home to some of Scotland’s rarest wildlife, it is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, and has a fascinating history which stretches back to the very first inhabitants of Scotland.

Miss Brennand will join the Trust at the start of April 2019.