Change at helm

Kerr succeeds Cubie at Quality Scotland

andy-kerrQuality Scotland’s chairman of 15 years, Sir Andrew Cubie is standing down from the post.

He will be succeeded former MSP Andy Kerr, chief executive of Sense Scotland, a social care provider for children, young people and adults with communication support needs.

Mr Kerr was a Cabinet Minister and is an experienced quality assurance professional and founder of business transformation consultancy Achieving Quality.

Under Sir Andrew’s chairmanship Quality Scotland has helped more than 900 organisations across all sectors in Scotland to improve business performance, deliver quality and achieve sustainable business excellence.

He said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved at Quality Scotland. With our dedicated team of 20 staff we have been at the forefront of helping Scottish business and other organisations in the public and third sectors improve in their performance, furthering our aim of making excellence a national characteristic of Scotland.”

He added: “I am delighted that the Board has appointed Andy Kerr to take over the Chair’s role, and am confident his previous wealth of experience in politics, business and the third sector will be an asset to Quality Scotland and their ambitions going forward.”

Claire Ford, CEO of Quality Scotland, said: “We are very appreciative of Sir Andrew’s contribution and support over the years and there is no doubt we will all miss him when he stands down but we wish him well for the future.

“We are absolutely delighted that Andy Kerr, with his wide-ranging experience and passion for quality and excellence has agreed to become our new Chair and we are looking forward to continuing to develop and increase the impact of Quality Scotland under his leadership.”

Mr Kerr said: “Becoming the Chair of Quality Scotland is an absolute privilege. It’s a big task but also an amazing opportunity to continue my personal quality journey and that of Scotland. The work that Quality Scotland does is central to our growth as an economy and a nation and I am delighted to take up the challenge of making excellence a national characteristic of Scotland.

“Quality and its approaches to it are woven throughout my entire working life in so many ways as a practitioner, as an advocate and as a senior decision maker and I truly want to make a difference.

“Succeeding Sir Andrew Cubie will not be easy but I look forward to working with Claire Ford, CEO, the Quality Scotland Board and staff to continue the pursuit of excellence.”

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