Save the Children has appointed Mark Ballard as its new head of Scotland.
Ballard has taken the lead role at the children’s charity as it approaches its 100 year anniversary.
He previously spent eight years at Barnardo’s Scotland as the head of policy, and is a former MSP for the Lothians. Most recently, he worked at Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland as director of strategy and spend most of his working life in the Scottish charity sector.
Ballard is also a former Scottish government advisor on child poverty and co-wrote the book The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland – a guide for voluntary organisations to lobbying in Scotland.
Speaking on his appointment, Ballard said: “It’s a real privilege to be working for Save the Children and heading up their team in Scotland. I have been incredibly impressed by the passion and commitment I have already witnessed among the staff, volunteers and supporters to make change happen for children in Scotland and around the world.
“We know Scotland needs to become a fairer place to grow up, especially for those children living in deprived communities. Every child in our country deserves an equal chance at school, home and life."