Citizens Advice Scotland appoints Agnes Robson as acting chair

Formerly vice-chair, she takes over for the time being from Dominic Notarangelo, who has left before the publication of a report that criticises him and others

Citizens Advice Scotland has appointed an interim chair after the previous incumbent resigned with immediate effect, the charity has confirmed.

Agnes Robson, who was the charity’s vice-chair, took over as acting chair yesterday after Dominic Notarangelo left before the publication of an independent review of the charity, which is expected to be published in the next month.

Third Sector saw an email from Notarangelo earlier this week that confirmed he would leave CAS because of criticisms of him in the report, which has been written by the professional services firm Deloitte.

The email said that Notarangelo was offered the opportunity to avoid being mentioned in the report "if I resigned that day", but he refused the offer of anonymity.

The change in chair comes after a turbulent few months at CAS. Margaret Lynch, its former chief executive, was suspended in August, then dismissed earlier this year.

Robson is a former board member of Citizens Advice Edinburgh and was a member of the main management board of the Scottish Executive.

Robson said: "The Citizens Advice network is a Scottish institution that has served the general public for 76 years and delivers a vital service to the thousands of clients who come to us for advice.

"While this is a period of challenge for CAS, I know from my experiences as a volunteer and a board member that the network fulfills a hugely valuable role in Scottish society and has deep roots in local communities.

"I am personally committed to ensuring that the outcome of our current governance review will enhance the ability of the organisation to support the Citizens Advice network as a whole to deliver the essential services on which our clients rely."

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