Scottish Charity Regulator appoints former finance and pharma industry figure as interim chair

Scottish Charity Regulator appoints former finance and pharma industry figure as interim chair

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has appointed George Walker as interim chair while it seeks a permanent replacement for Lindsay Montgomery, who resigned from the role earlier this year.

Walker joins in the role on a temporary basis for a year having experience in senior roles in the pharmaceutical and finance sector as well as holding a number of non-executive roles in the charity and public sectors.

“In addition to his chairing and governance experience, George brings a long track record of team building, strategic planning and extensive financial and investment skills to the board of OSCR,” said the OSCR.

He currently chairs the Scottish Housing Regulator and Caledonia Social Care Ltd and is a former non-executive director of NHS Lothian.

“I am grateful and excited to take up this role with the Scottish Charity Regulator as this very important time. As someone who has been involved a range of charities in the UK and overseas, I’m well aware of the need to ensure that charities are well regulated, “ said Walker.

“Good and effective regulation can support this key sector and importantly help to deliver stronger outcomes for those we seek to support.

“I know that despite the exceptional circumstances that we have all faced over the past twelve months the staff and board here have continued to carry out our duties with care and professionalism, and so I look forward to joining this successful team as we prepare to effectively meet the challenges ahead.”

In March, the OSCR revealed evidence that nearly one in five charities in Scotland had suspended their operations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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