About us

We are the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. We help build a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable economy across the Highlands and Islands, attracting more people to, live, work, study, invest and visit.

Supporting organisations throughout the region

We support organisations throughout the region to help them with a number of challenges. From community groups to larger businesses, our support is open to all.

FOCUS Magazine

FOCUS (Gaelic Fòcas) is our magazine published twice a year. It's packed with stories from across the Highlands and Islands. If you'd like to read about who we're working with and how the region is developing, please download it below. We can also send you a free digital or print copy directly, just tell us where to send it.

Read or register for FOCUS

Working together to sustain a successful region

We work continuously to ensure the Highlands and Islands is a highly successful and competitive region, where people chose to live, work, study and invest.

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Creative industries


Fancy joining our team? Have a look at our current vacancies. Learn more about what it's like to work for HIE and the benefits we offer as an employer.

Work for us


As a public sector agency, we must ensure public money is used efficiently and achieves value for money. Have a look at our current open contracts and recent awards.

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Our Board

Our Board has overall responsibility for making sure we fulfil our statutory duties and meet the objectives set out by the Scottish Government.

Find out about our Board

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is chaired by Charlotte Wright, chief executive, and includes our deputy chief executive, Carroll Buxton, as well as seven directors.

Find out about our Leadership Team
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Developing our region for over 50 years

We celebrated our 50 year anniversary in 2015 and took a look back at how our region has developed and changed, and what impact HIE has had. Have a look through our timeline website to see what a difference 50 years can make.

Visit our timeline website