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OSCR Board

Our board set the strategic direction of the Scottish Charity Regulator and ensures we are focusing on the right things. Each member of the board brings a wealth of experience and wide-ranging skills, along with a passion interest in the charities and the third sector. Board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers through an open public appointments process.

Abridged Board Minutes can be found here

Read our Board members' Code of Conduct here. 

The Board is supported by our staff in Dundee, led by our Chief Executive and executive management team

 

George Walker

George Walker

Interim Chair

George Walker is an experienced chair, non-executive director and a former corporate executive. Over his corporate career he worked in the pharmaceutical industry and latterly in investment management for a large global firm. George has worked in the U.K. and extensively overseas, living and working overseas for many years prior to returning to Edinburgh.

George currently also chairs the Scottish Housing Regulator and Caledonia Social Care LTD. He has previously served as a non-executive director for NHS Lothian. He has long supported charitable organisations in the UK and overseas. 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.

He is a passionate supporter of the need for high quality and well regulated charities in Scotland. He believes that good and effective regulation can support this key sector and importantly help to deliver stronger outcomes for those they seek to support.

Read George's register of interest here.

Jill Vickerman

Jill Vickerman

Jill Vickerman is the National Director of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland. She has held this post since 2013, during which time she has led the work of the BMA in Scotland, influencing national health policy, and working on behalf of doctors and training doctors in Scotland. Prior to 2013, Jill spent 26 working for the Scottish Government in a range of different roles and departments, initially as an analyst where she led the analytical services for the health and social care department, and latterly as head of policy for health quality in Scotland. In this latter role, Jill worked with the NHS and with the third sector to develop the Quality Strategy and the 2020 Vision for health and social care in Scotland. Over the period 2013-2017 Jill was a trustee for Erskine Hospital, the veteran’s charity, where she was a board member, and sat on the care governance committee and the audit and risk committee.

Jill is the Deputy Chair of OSCR's Board. 

Read Jill's Register of Interests here.

Jess Wade

Jess Wade

Jess Wade has worked in the Scottish voluntary sector since 2004, when she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Mental Philosophy. She is currently CEO of Carers of East Lothian, which supports adults who care for family and friends across the region. Jess has previously held a range of roles in the sector, including fundraising, volunteering and campaigning; most recently working as part of the Independent Living Movement as Manager of Self Directed Support Scotland. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of York, is a Trustee of both Home-Start Edinburgh West and Barony Housing Association and is a long term human rights activist and campaigner.

Read Jess' Register of Interests here.

Lynn Bradley

Lynn Bradley

Lynn Bradley is a chartered accountant with broad experience in the public and private sectors, including EY and Audit Scotland. She works for the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the auditing and public sector accounting. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Audit & Assurance Panel and a board member of Revenue Scotland, where she chaired the audit committee. She is also a trustee of Cash for Kids (Radio Clyde) where she chairs the audit and risk committee. Lynn brings her governance, audit and financial experience to the board as well as her strong commitment to public sector values.

Read Lynn's Register of Interests here.

Kirsten Howie

Kirsten Howie

Kirsten Howie has worked in leadership and fundraising roles within the charitable sector for 20 years.  Her roles have ranged across the disability and arts sectors, in organisations of varied scale and scope.  Currently working at Scottish Opera, Kirsten is also proud to have contributed as a board member to a charity in her area. She is passionate about our vibrant charitable sector, and the role it can play in supporting people and places to thrive in a flourishing Scotland.

Read Kirsten's Register of Interests here.

Neil Mackay

Neil Mackay

Neil Mackay is a career banking and finance executive.  His career has spanned a range of roles including leading teams that had responsibility for large corporate loan sanctioning and restructurings; being the chief operating officer of a large division of a FTSE 25 plc with responsibility for strategic direction and change delivery management; and he has held ownership of board enterprise risk and data reporting and risk / policy / governance frameworks, together with various regulatory compliance activities.  He has previously been a board member of a charity, a charity mentor, chairperson of a grammar school, and earlier in his career had been seconded to a DTI supported business support agency. 

Read Neil's Register of Interests here.

William Maxwell

William Maxwell

William Maxwell joins the Board with extensive experience of leading regulation, quality assurance and public sector reform, gained in Scotland and beyond.  After an initial career as an educational psychologist, Bill joined the Scottish Education Inspectorate in 1994.  Following a range of roles and a secondment to the Scottish Government, he was appointed to head up the Welsh education inspectorate in 2008, returning to Scotland as HM Senior Chief Inspector of Education for Scotland in 2010. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed to lead the creation of Education Scotland, a new type of public service improvement agency which combined regulation and inspection with a wider range of services to promote improvement and the effective delivery of the Government’s major reform programmes in education.  Bill retired from Education Scotland in 2017 and is now consulting on education quality assurance, including undertaking commissions for the European Commission and the OECD.  He is a member of the Board of the Care Inspectorate, a Director of the High School of Dundee and a member of the British Council's Advisory Committee for Scotland.

Read William's Register of Interests here.

Robin Strang

Robin Strang

Robin Strang has extensive experience working within the public and charity sectors. He was Chief Executive of West Lothian Leisure and of Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust. Both are charities that seek to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing primarily through sport and physical activity. He is currently a Sport and Leisure Consultant, Chair of Community Leisure Scotland and Non-Executive Director of Sportscotland’s Trust Company and Scottish Canals. Robin previously served as a Justice of the Peace in the Lothian and Borders Sheriffdom. Robin brings experience of managing charities, charity governance and working within a complex regulatory framework to the Board of OSCR. He believes that Scotland needs well run and effective charities and is looking forward to doing what he can to enable the sector to thrive.

Read Robin's Register of Interests here.