Youth Scotland appoints new Chief Executive

Following a rigorous interview process, Youth Scotland is pleased to announce that Ian McLaughlan will be appointed the charity's new Chief Executive.

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Ian currently is Chief Executive of the Scottish Pre-School Play Association, where he has been since 2001. Previously he was Director for Scotland in the Boys' Brigade UK, building on his work as National Training and Development Officer. He brings to the job a wealth of experience in both paid and voluntary positions in working with young people.

Ian is also the current elected Chair of the Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations (ASOSVO) and has been involved in a wide range of other national organisations in and related to the sector.

Carol Downie, the current Youth Scotland Chief Executive is due to stand down from her post on 26 April to take up her new Chief Executive role at The Gannochy Trust. Ian's experience will be important as Youth Scotland builds on Carol's strong legacy and will take up his post on 22 July 2013.

In making the announcement, Chair of Youth Scotland, Derek Casey said:

"Over the last 15 years we have had outstanding leadership of Youth Scotland by Carol Downie. Over the last few weeks we have met a large number of excellent candidates for the post from within and out with the sector. We are very pleased to announce that Ian McLaughlan will be our new Chief Executive, as he brings a wealth of experience in working with and for young people and expertise in strong and effective leadership of a charity. We are looking forward to having Ian join us and continuing to work with all our Members to make a contribution to the lives of young people in Scotland."

Ian McLaughlan said:

"I am delighted to be appointed as Chief Executive of Youth Scotland and soon to be working with colleagues on the Board of Directors, the Staff Team, Members and the wider network of stakeholders in building upon the excellent reputation that Youth Scotland currently enjoys in the voluntary youth work sector.

"It is a real honour to be asked to lead Scotland's largest national voluntary youth work organisation aimed at 8-18 year olds - especially at such an exciting time in its history. I am looking forward to helping to serve the informal learning needs of over 60,000 young people throughout Scotland while supporting the workforce aspirations of over 7,000 paid and volunteer youth workers who commit themselves every week to reach high standards of youth work practice".