New Board members join Scottish charity regulator

Scotland’s charity regulator OSCR has announced the appointment of two new Board members.

Stephanie Fraser, chief executive of Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Centre, joins national director of the British Medical Association in Scotland, Jill Vickerman, on the Board replacing Kaliani Lyle and Professor David Harrison.

More than 140 applications were received for the positions, which were advertised in October.

Stephanie Fraser is a trustee of Horsecross Arts in Perth and is also deputy chair of the Scottish Government’s National Neurological Advisory Group and a member of the executive committee of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland.

Jill Vickerman has led the work of the BMA in Scotland, influencing national health policy, and working on behalf of doctors and training doctors in Scotland.

Professor David Harrison served as deputy chair and as chair of OSCR’s Audit Committee for the last four years, contributing significantly to its decision making and helping steer it towards being a forward thinking, risk-led regulator.

OSCR Board member Stephanie Fraser said: “I am passionate about ensuring that Scottish charities are trusted by the public and that charities are supported to be the best they can be. Charities are certainly living through ‘interesting times’ at the moment and the role of OSCR Board member is a challenge I relish. It is an exciting position, and I hope to bring my varied experience of the tremendous breadth of the charity sector in Scotland to our collective decision making.”

OSCR Board member Jill Vickerman added: “The role as a member of the OSCR Board presents me with a unique opportunity to combine my skills and experiences for the benefit of the charity sector in Scotland. Over the years, I am clear that the work of the charity sector has become increasingly important to Scottish society over recent years. OSCR’s role in securing public confidence in the charities they donate to, and in ensuring that charity trustees are supported to be as effective as they can be, has never been as crucial.”