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Charity regulator unveils next chief executive as Maureen Mallon steps down


All change at OSCR

Katriona Carmichael is set to become the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator’s (OSCR) next chief executive.

Carmichael joins the watchdog from the Environment and Forestry Directorate of the Scottish Government, where she is deputy director for circular economy.

She succeeds Maureen Mallon, who is due to retire in June after five years in the role.

Mallon spent 10 years with YouthLink Scotland, where she was head of development and then deputy chief executive before coming to OSCR.

Carmichael has worked for the Scottish government since 2015 in roles including policy team leader for supporting democracy and as deputy director for environmental quality.

Marieke Dwarshuis, chair of the regulator, said: Marieke Dwarshuis, chair of OSCR, said: "We are immensely grateful to Maureen Mallon for her dedicated work over the past five years. During this time, she has led the organisation successfully through a period of tremendous challenge, including overseeing a successful restructure of our operations and guiding us though the COVID-19 pandemic, all of which has helped us to emerge stronger and ready for the next chapter of OSCR’s story.

"We began the process to find a new CEO last year. I’m grateful for the positive contributions of all the staff, board members and others who have supported a thorough and challenging recruitment process over the past few months.

"Now that this process has concluded, I’m delighted to be able to announce that we have appointed Katriona Carmichael as OSCR’s next CEO.

"Katriona has significant experience in leadership roles within the public sector, and particularly impressed the interview and staff engagement panels with her communication and leadership skills, her passion for the role at OSCR as well as for the charity sector and her clear understanding of the positive impact of regulation done well.

"Maureen Mallon will continue in post until the end of June 2024, with Katriona Carmichael assuming the role of CEO on 1 July.

"I know that our staff and board members, and indeed the wider charity sector in Scotland, will join with me in wishing Maureen a long and happy retirement, and in providing Katriona with a warm welcome when she takes up her post in July."



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