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Ex MSP among charity’s new trustees

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New recruits join 10-strong team

Scottish Book Trust has appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees.

The national charity now has 10 board members overseeing its work transforming lives through reading and writing.

Fiona McLeod, a former MSP, Andy Marchant, James Saville and Hilde Watne Frydnes each bring extensive experience and accomplishments in their respective fields to their new roles in the charity’s governance.

Scottish Book Trust runs targeted outreach programmes across the country, achieving engagement and impact across all ages and backgrounds.

Among its best-known Scotland-wide activities are Bookbug, which gifts books to every child at four key age stages, from birth to early primary school; Live Literature which delivers author experiences in classrooms; and Book Week Scotland, an annual national celebration of books and reading.

The four new board members add depth to an already strong Board of Trustees that includes employees from academia, education and leadership, the BBC, Royal Society of Edinburgh and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Fiona McLeod was the acting Minister for Children and Young People 2014 to 2015, Andy Marchant is a freelance consultant working with financial services companies, management consultants and charities, James Saville has been the director of people, operations and systems at the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the past five years and Hilde Watne Frydnes brings a range of digital experience from local and global business success stories to Scottish Book Trust.

Keir Bloomer, chair of Scottish Book Trust’s Board of Trustees, said: “We were delighted to receive so many strong applications to join our Board of Trustees and I am very pleased to welcome our new members. They each have extensive relevant experience and lots of enthusiasm for taking forward our vision and passion to promote a thriving reading culture in Scotland.

“This is a key time to be involved in shaping the future of our work as we continue to grow the reach of our programmes and the impact of our services. Our board members play a core part in driving forward our aim: that everyone in Scotland has an equal opportunity to thrive through literacy.”