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OSCR's new chair announced

14 January 2011

The new chairperson of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) will be the Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes CBE, Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill announced today.

Dr Forbes takes up his four-year fixed term appointment on 1 March 2011, succeeding John Naylor.

After achieving degrees in Russian and theology, Dr Forbes was ordained in 1977 and since then he has combined his ecclesiastical duties with various public appointments, mostly in the areas of health or criminal justice. He served on the General Medical Council for 12 years, chaired the Scottish Executive Expert Group on MMR and was a non-executive board member of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

A former HM Lay Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland, member of the Parole Board, and chair of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, Dr Forbes also chaired the UK body which advised the UK Government on ethical issues during the swine flu pandemic. He is also a member of the Armed Services Pay Review Body and the Security Vetting Appeal Panel. From 1 April he will also chair the Mental Welfare Commission. He was awarded the CBE in 2004 for public service in Scotland.

The post attracts a remuneration of £270 per day for a time commitment of up to 2.5 days per month.

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