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BBC arts head McKerchar joins social change group

Colin McKercharColin McKerchar, head of talent for arts at the BBC, will take over as chief executive of Sistema Scotland on secondment for a year to cover the maternity leave of current CEO, Nicola Killean.

Sistema Scotland, through its Big Noise Orchestra Centres, works with children and young people, their families and the wider communities in Raploch, Govanhill and Torry, towards permanent social change.

Mr McKerchar has worked in arts at the BBC for more than 15 years, first as a reporter and broadcaster, then as a producer on a number of arts programmes and finally as a Head of Talent for Arts TV.  He is also a qualified executive coach and mentor.

Richard Holloway, chairman, Sistema Scotland Board said: “We will miss Nicola when she goes off for her maternity leave, but we are confident that Colin will bring a new set of skills and experience to the role.

“The charity is going from strength to strength with almost 2,000 children being helped every week by the Big Noise Orchestra Centres.   Colin will play a huge part in helping the charity grow and develop during the next year.”

Mr McKerchar, said: “The main reason for taking this opportunity is to help build on the outstanding work Nicola Killean and the team have done to date. I’d like to redirect the skills I’ve acquired over the last decade and give something back to individuals and communities.

“If I can add something to the organisational aims and objectives then I hope it will be hugely rewarding for both parties. On a personal level, I’m completely committed to the values embodied in Sistema Scotland and want to do my best to help realise the ambition of this organisation.”

He will start his secondment on 4 January.

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