Three new board members for regulator

The Scottish Government has appointed three people with experience of the voluntary sector to join the board of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Oscar Mendoza is assistant director of operations for the Big Lottery Fund. He used to manage the overseas projects section of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, has been a board member of VetAid UK and has worked extensively with charities focused on human rights in Chile and Central America.

He is joined by Fiona Ballantyne, a consultant and a member of Ofcom's consumer panel. She has served as trustee, chair or vice-chair of a number of prominent organisations, including the BBC Broadcasting Council for Scotland, the Board of Museums Galleries Scotland and the Institute of Directors Scotland Committee.

The third new board member is David Hughes Hallett, a chartered surveyor and consultant who works with the voluntary sector. He has advised the Heritage Lottery Fund for the past seven years and has been Convenor of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations.

They will serve until June 2012.

Existing board member Lindsay Montgomery, chief executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, has been appointed deputy chair after the resignation of Frank Kirwan from the board.

The OSCR welcomed the appointments. "I very much look forward to working with the new board members as we mature as a regulator and embark on a second phase of development," said Jane Ryder, the regulator's chief executive. "We welcome Lindsay Montgomery, who brings wide experience and knowledge to the leadership role and has made excellent contributions as a board member."

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