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Armed forces charity names new chief exec


Laura Falconer will succeed Colin Flinn as the chief executive of RCET: Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity

A charity that supports the armed forces has announced a new chief executive.

RCET: Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity has appointed Laura Falconer to lead the organisation, following the retirement of Colin Flinn. Falconer will join RCET at the end of November and will take over as chief executive from January 2021.

Malcolm Noble, chairman of RCET, said: “We are hugely proud of what has been achieved by Colin and the team over the last five years. We’ve enhanced existing and developed new services and adopted a children’s rights approach with a commitment to listening to, and acting on the voice of children and young people.

“We have doubled our workforce and implemented new organisational and financial strategies which allow RCET to have a stronger and more sustainable future. We are delighted that Laura will be joining us as our new chief executive and believe that she is the right person to build on RCET’s successes and help us to reach every armed forces child or young person in Scotland who needs us.”

Falconer joins RCET from Barnardos, where she is assistant director of mental health and wellbeing. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in supporting children and young people and developing and managing children’s services.

She said: "I am honoured and excited to have been selected to lead this vitally important charity. I am passionately committed to ensuring our children and young people are at the centre of all we do, and I am looking forward to working with them and the team to lead RCET into the next stage of its development."

Young people from the Military Youth Voice Scotland Forum were involved in the recruitment process.



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