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Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

15/02/2010

Minister for Community Safety, Fergus Ewing, today announced the appointment of two new members to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

The new members are:

Kaliani Lyle - has been Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland since 1998. She practiced as a pharmacist before turning to community education. Formerly CEO of the Scottish Refugee Council, she was recognised as one of the Institute of Contemporary Scotland's Scots of the Year in 2007, when she received the Alastair Hetherington Award for humanitarian service. She was a member of the McFadden Scottish Charity Law Review Commission which led to the eventual establishment of OSCR; and the Sentencing Commission. She is also a member of the Signet Accreditation Board and GMC UK Revalidation Programme. Kaliani has much relevant recent experience in the charity sector, a strong track record of delivery and will bring a great deal to the board.

David Harrison - is Head of Pathology at the University of Edinburgh, Clinical Director for Laboratory Medicine across NHS Lothian, Honorary Consultant Pathologist in Lothian University Hospitals Division and the Director of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit - one of three such units within the charity. He was Director of the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre and is a founding Board member of the MRC/University of Edinburgh Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine. He is a member of the Committee on Toxicity, Food Standards Agency, and was until recently Vice Chair of the UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee. He is chair of the research grant-making charity Medical Research Scotland, and The Nazareth Trust, a Scottish charity that owns and runs a hospital and nursing school in the Middle East. David will bring a broad range of non-Executive experience across a wide range of environments and a full range of skills sought to complete the boards skill set.

Neither Kaliani nor David currently hold any other public appointments.

The Minister also re-appoints John Naylor as Chair, Lindsay Montgomery as Deputy Chair and Annie Gunner Logan as a board member.

John Naylor OBE, Chair, was most recently Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust for 11 years. Previously he was Chief Executive of YMCA England, where he was joint founder of Y Care International. John was on the Board of the UK Big Lottery Fund and chaired the Scottish Community Fund. He was founding Convenor of the Scottish Grant Making Trusts Group and a member of the McFadden Scottish Charity Law Review Commission which led to the establishment of OSCR. He is Chair of the UK Scout Association Development grants board and a member of the UK Scout Council. He is a member trustee of Medical Research Scotland, Vice Chair of Strange Town, an Edinburgh youth theatre group, and Treasurer of the Tomorrow Project, an independent charity researching people's lives in the next 20 years. He is also a Kirk Elder in Edinburgh. All of these positions are voluntary. With his extensive experience of the charity sector John brings great knowledge of the issues that are key to a wide spectrum of charities as well as an abundance of Boardroom skills.

Lindsay Montgomery CBE, Deputy Chair, is the Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. He has a wide background in the public sector including having been a Director of Scottish Natural Heritage and held posts in HM Treasury and Export Credit Guarantee Department. He was a previous Non-Executive Director of OSCR when it was a Scottish Executive Agency and he is also the chairman of a small cancer charity. With his knowledge of the public and charity sectors, Lindsay is well equipped to carry out his duties as deputy chair and brings in-depth knowledge of the workings of OSCR and its fully understands OSCR's need to be proportionate.

Annie Gunner Logan is the Director of Community Care Providers Scotland (CCPS), the association of voluntary organisations providing care services in Scottish communities.

Annie began her career in Scotland's voluntary and public sectors through a Community Programme placement with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in 1988. She went on to work with the Health Education Board for Scotland (now NHS Health Scotland) and Children in Scotland, where she was Information and Public Affairs Manager.

Annie is Vice Chair of the UK drug treatment charity, Phoenix Futures, and a board member of the Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium. She serves on a number of Scottish Executive advisory and reference groups, including the National Social Work Services Forum.

Annie has a Masters Degree in Social and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Having proved her excellence in her pervious four years as a board member, Annie combines excellent knowledge of the issues facing Scottish charities with an understanding of OSCR's need to regulate effectively.

All three re-appointees hold no other public appointments.

These new appointments and re-appointments will be for four years and will run from 1 March 2010 to 28 February 2014. The member and deputy chair posts are part-time and attract a remuneration of £200 per day for a time commitment of up to 1.5 days per month. The post of chair is also part-time, and attracts remuneration of £270 per day, for a time commitment of up to 2.5 days.

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is an operationally independent regulator, set up by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. The Act established OSCR as a Non-Ministerial Department (NMD), the Registrar and Regulator for charities in Scotland. The Act sets out OSCR's main functions and makes provision about the appointment of a Board.

OSCR Board

The current Board of OSCR consists of John Naylor who chairs the Board and Lindsay Montgomery who is Deputy Chair. The other members of the OSCR Board are: Annie Gunner Logan, David Hughes Hallett, Fiona Ballantyne and Oscar Mendoza.

These Ministerial public appointments/re-appointments are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland's Code of Practice.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity within the last 5 years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Both Kaliani and David declared no political activity as did John, Lindsay and Annie.