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A FORMER executive at a scandal-hit college is taking over as finance chief at Prestwick Airport.

Derek Banks is the first permanent finance and commercial director at the taxpayer-owned airport for more than four months.

He replaces former chartered accountant Brian Sutherland, who stepped down in December after less than a month in the role due to “personal circumstances”.

Mr Banks, 49, comes from a public sector background having previously held positions with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Coatbridge College and the NHS.

Back in September the airport appointed Richard Jenner as its interim chief executive following the departures of chief executive Iain Cochrane and chief commercial officer Graeme Sweenie as part of a bid to revive the fortunes of the struggling facility.

Mr Jenner spent 12 years as chief executive of the former Kilmarnock & Loudon District Council before it was abolished.

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