EAST Kilbride’s former MSP has been appointed chief executive of a leading charity.
Andy Kerr will take up his post with Sense Scotland on September 1 and is excited about his new challenge.
Mr Kerr was MSP for East Kilbride until May 2011 and, during his time in office, held senior positions within the Scottish Government. The Strathaven man has also had a successful career in local government and business.
The charity selected Mr Kerr as their new chief executive based on his strong track record of building effective and productive working relationships across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
A delighted Mr Kerr told the News: “This is one of the most challenging times for the voluntary sector and for the people who rely on its services and support.
“Sense Scotland is a successful and respected organisation and I'm really looking forward to leading it to more success in the future.
“I'm passionate about supporting people to enjoy their rights and achieve their aspirations in life. This will be an essential part of my new role here.
“I'm looking forward to meeting all the people who use our services, their families and staff.”
Roy Cox, chair of Sense Scotland, added: “I'm delighted that Andy is joining us as our new chief executive.
“He will be a great leader and ambassador for our organisation and I am very much looking forward to working with him to develop our work over the coming years.”
Sense Scotland is an experienced social care provider with over 25 years experience of supporting deafblind and disabled children and adults and their families.
They provide a flexible range of services to meet the needs of people who have communication support needs because of deafblindness, sensory impairment, learning and physical disabilities.
To find out more about the charity visit www.sensescotland.org.uk