Our Chairman James Wright retires at the end of this month. Age Scotland CEO tells us more.
James has made a huge contribution to the charity over many years, particularly during the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged, and I know I speak for all my colleagues when I say how grateful we are for his tireless commitment on behalf of older people in Scotland.
The board and staff were delighted to get the opportunity last week to mark his departure with a presentation and a few glasses of wine! I personally will miss James for his valued ‘nuggets’ of advice that were always spot on. However, looking forward we are very fortunate that he is being replaced by somebody of the calibre of David Fraser our new Chairman and I look forward to working with him.
David Fraser has been appointed Chair of Age Scotland in James Wright’s place. David joins Age Scotland after a period of 9 years on the Board at Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association, spending the last 5 years as Chair. He was also until recently Chair of the Scottish Refugee Council and previously a member of the Department of Works and Pensions Ethics Committee and Chair of the Edinburgh Social Work Standards.
Throughout his career David has gathered extensive experience at senior managerial and chief executive level in a number of organisations related to areas within Age Scotland’s sphere of interest. These include NHS Lothian, Ayrshire Acute Hospitals Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Primary Care Trust. He was also appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, with responsibility for turning that organisation around following some major operational problems in the early 2000s.
Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan said: “We have been very lucky to recruit a replacement Chair with such excellent credentials as David who will be able to carry on all the good work of our outgoing Chair James Wright. This is a very exciting time for the Charity, where we are embarking on many new initiatives, and I look forward to working with David to ensure we increase and enhance our services to older people in Scotland.”