SCVO makes Andrew Burns its new chair

Burns, who succeeds Shulah Allen, was leader of the City of Edinburgh Council from 2012 to 2017

Andrew Burns
Andrew Burns

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations has appointed the former leader of Edinburgh City Council as its next chair.

The umbrella body said today it had recruited Andrew Burns, who was a Labour councillor in the Scottish capital from 1999 to 2017, as its new convenor, which is in effect the charity’s chair.

Burns, who was leader of Edinburgh council between 2012 and 2017, succeeds Shulah Allen, who stood down in the summer for personal and family reasons after three and a half years in the role.

The SCVO said one of Burns’s first priorities would be to lead the appointment of a new chief executive.

Martin Sime, the SCVO’s previous chief executive, retired at the end of 2017 after more than 25 years in the role.

Burns, who had a career in retail and manufacturing, has been chair of organisations including the Electoral Reform Society and the Cooperative Council Innovation Network.

He said in a statement: "I am so pleased to be taking on this role at a time when the civil society space and socially progressive movements everywhere are under pressure, but needed more than ever.

"The SCVO has an established position and track record, and I’m excited about contributing to its future strategy for and with Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises."

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