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Head of Stonewall Scotland to step down


Colin Macfarlane will leave the charity after over 12 years. 

The Scottish director of a leading LGBTQ+ charity has announced he is to step down after more than 12 years with the organisation. 

Colin Macfarlane, Stonewall’s director of nations, confirmed the decision on social media. 

He wrote on Twitter/X that he would be leaving in the summer, adding that the “time is right” to find a new leader for the charity in Scotland. 

He wrote: “After 12.5 years at Stonewall I’m going to be leaving in the summer.   It has been the honour of my life to lead Stonewall Scotland, and then our work across Cymru and Northern Ireland.

“12.5 years is a long time.  I’m ready for a fresh challenge and the time is right to find a new leader for Stonewall’s policy and advocacy work in Scotland.  We will shortly be recruiting to a Head of Scotland role - more details on that soon.

“I’m so proud to have played a part in progressing equality for LGBTQ+ people and it has been a privilege to work with my incredible colleagues in the sector who work so hard to improve the lives of the communities they serve.

“I will slowly be stepping back from my current role and will be taking on an interim role as director of delivery until the summer, leading on important projects to strengthen our workplace programme.”



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