Dr Jim McCormick will join the trust in October
The Robertson Trust has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.
Dr Jim McCormick will join the trust – one of Scotland’s leading grant-making organisations - on 26 October following a two-year stint as associate director of the Joseph Rowntree Trust in Scotland.
The announcement comes as The Robertson Trust prepares to launch its new 10-year strategy in September. The strategy will outline the trust’s ambition for a more resilient and collaborative third sector, as well as outlining how it plans to use its resources to support organisations working to alleviate the causes and find solutions to poverty and trauma.
Shonaig Macpherson, chair of the board of trustees, said McCormick was joining at a “pivotal moment” for the trust.
“As we prepare to launch a new 10-year strategy, we are ambitious about what we want to achieve and I am certain that with Jim’s leadership, we will make a significant impact in the decade to come,” she added.
“Jim is one of the leading experts in poverty in Scotland, having worked to identify the causes and solutions for a number of years. The board of trustees and the whole organisation look forward to welcoming Jim in the weeks ahead as we prepare to launch our new strategy and announce much-needed funding for organisations across the third sector.”
McCormick said he was “delighted” to join the trust after admiring its work for many years.
He said: “At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has caused heartache and hardship to many, and with the risk of poverty deepening and inequalities becoming ever more entrenched in communities across Scotland, the role of policy makers, third sector and grassroots organisations and independent funders is more important than ever.
“Now more than ever, the trust has an opportunity to utilise all of its resources to affect change, to transform systems and the way we address poverty and trauma. I relish the opportunity to lead an organisation that has set itself such an ambitious challenge and look forward to working with the board of trustees, the staff team and partners, to affect real and lasting change.”