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Friday, 25 September 2020


David Robb appointed as new chair of Aberlour Children’s Charity

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DAVID Robb will take up the role of Chair of Aberlour Children’s Charity, one of Scotland’s largest children’s charities, at their AGM in September 2020.

David joined the Aberlour Board in December 2019 and comes with a wealth of relevant skill and knowledge.  His first experience as a charity trustee was in 1988 when he was the founding Chair of a small youth charity and he has been passionate about the voluntary sector ever since.

David has had a long and distinguished career in the Scottish Government which he joined in 1990 and in associated public bodies. From 2011-2019 he was Chief Executive of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) a role in which he enjoyed working with a wide range of charity boards and trustees on improving governance and impact. During that time he also nurtured his interest in digital technology and with putting service users at the centre of design processes. Since January 2019 he has been the Chief Executive of the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Married with two grown-up daughters, David was brought up in the village of Aberlour in North-East Scotland, where his parents still live.

David replaces Val Surgenor who has decided to step down after having been Chair of the Board since 2014 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. Val has been a staunch supporter of Aberlour throughout this time and has led the Board through a period of stability and successful development.

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour said:

“In the period that David has been with Aberlour so far, he has shown that he will be a great chair for Aberlour. We already have an array of skilled and committed contributors within the Aberlour board and David will complement and support their huge contribution to Aberlour. I look forward to working closely with David in his role as Chair.”

David Robb, new Chair of Aberlour commented:

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been selected to succeed Val Surgenor as Aberlour’s next Chair. These are very difficult times for many of Scotland’s children and young people, so the charity faces some big challenges. There are however huge opportunities too, as we adjust to the ‘new normal’. Val will leave an impressive legacy, and we have a strong senior team in place. Aberlour has a long, proud history, and I look forward to working with our staff, volunteers and stakeholders and helping steer the charity through the next few years as we rise to the challenges together.”

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