Chief executive of Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations resigns

Ian Paterson, head of the charity since 2009, stepped down after he was charged in relation to allegations of assault

The chief executive of the Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations has resigned after he was charged in relation to allegations of assault.

Ian Paterson, a former police officer, this week stepped down from his role at the charity, which provides support to voluntary sector organisations in Aberdeen.

He had been at Acvo since the end of 2009 but went on "extended leave" last month, a spokeswoman for the charity said.

"ACVO can advise that Ian Paterson has resigned and accordingly Acvo will be commencing the recruitment of a new chief executive in the near future," the charity said in a statement on its website. "In the meantime, the interim management arrangements will continue."

A board member, Gordon Edwards, is the interim general manager.

A police spokeswoman said: "Following an investigation into allegations of assault from staff at Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations, Grampian Police can confirm that a 61-year-old man has been charged.

"As is normal in such circumstances, a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and the man will appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in due course."

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