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New OSCR Chair appointed

28 Feb 2019

The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell, today announced the appointment of Lindsay Montgomery as Chair of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Lindsay Montgomery CBE has many years’ experience of leadership and governance roles in the public sector including as chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1999 until 2015, Director of Resources for Scotland Natural Heritage and HM Treasury and Chair of the Non-Departmental Public Bodies Chief Executive Forum from 2002 until 2015. Lindsay has previous background in charity regulation having become a board member of OSCR from its inception and as Deputy Chair from 2008 until 2014. He also has many years’ experience as a charity trustee including since 2015 as Chair of the Environmental Charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful. Other current roles include visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde School of Law, Vice Chair of the International Legal Aid Group and Chair of the Scottish Government Digital Foundation Board. Lindsay was awarded a CBE for services to the administration of Justice in 2009.

This appointment will be for four years and will run from 1 March 2019 to 28 February 2023. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Lindsay Montgomery CBE said,

‘I am delighted to have been appointed as OSCR’s next Chair. I spent 8 years on OSCR’s Board up until 2014 so I know the vital role it has in the third sector and for the public, in particular the importance of proportionate and intelligence led-regulation and its contribution to increasing public trust in charities. I look forward to working with the sector as well as OSCR’s Board and staff in my new role.’

OSCR interim Chief Executive Maureen Mallon said,

‘We would like to welcome Lindsay back to OSCR and congratulate him on his appointment as our new Chair. Having been on our Board previously, his knowledge of our organisation and of the third sector overall will stand us in great stead over the coming years. In recent times, we have taken many positive steps towards being a forward thinking, risk-led organisation and we look forward to seeing how Lindsay leads our diverse Board on our journey as Scotland’s charity regulator.’


Notes for Editors

  • The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is a Non-Ministerial Department and part of the Scottish Administration following commencement of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. We are the independent regulator and registrar for over 24,000 Scottish charities including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers. Our work as Regulator ultimately supports public confidence in charities and their work.