Dr Graham Forbes reappointed chair of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Having first taken up the role in 2011, Forbes will have another four-year term that runs until February 2019

Graham Forbes
Graham Forbes

The Scottish government has reappointed the episcopalian priest the Very Reverend Dr Graham Forbes to a further four-year term as chair of the board of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Forbes first took up the role in 2011, the same year as the appointment of David Robb as chief executive of the OSCR. Forbes’s reappointment runs from 1 March 2015 to 28 February 2019.

The role requires 2.5 days a month and is paid at a rate of £270 a day. Forbes pays this money – and the £338 a day for the two days a month spent as chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland – to St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, of which he is provost.

Forbes also chairs the board of Edinburgh Napier University, has previously chaired the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and has been a lay member for Scotland on the General Medical Council.

A press release from the Scottish government announcing the reappointment of Forbes noted that he had "not undertaken any political activity in the last five years", a declaration made in line with the Nolan principles on standards in public life.

Robb welcomed the news. "We will continue to benefit from his vision and focus on delivering our strategic priorities, thereby meeting the needs of the public and the expectations of the sector," he said. "This continuity is particularly valuable, given the refocusing of our approach and key developments planned over the next few years."

A public consultation on the regulatory approach of the OSCR closed in October. The regulator is considering the feedback on its plans, which include publishing all charities’ accounts, and the names of their trustees, on its website.

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