Erskine veterans charity appoints Stuart Aitkenhead as chairman

ONE of Renfrewshire’s best-known charities has announced the appointment of its new Chairman.

Stuart Aitkenhead took over from Robin Crawford as the veterans charity Erskine after his five-year stint at the helm.

A chartered engineer by profession, Stuart has over 30 years of experience managing facilities and operations across a wide range of industry sectors.

The 60-year-old is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and spent more than a decade with Babcock International, based at HM Naval Base Faslane, where he helped support the Royal Navy.

Originally appointed as a trustee of Erskine’s board in 2012, Stuart’s extensive experience in facilities management has proven essential to the charity’s development over the past nine years. He then became vice-chairman of the board of directors in 2017.

The army is close to his heart, his father having served in the Second World War and his grandfather a veteran of the First World War.

Stuart told The Gazette: “It is a great privilege to succeed Robin Crawford as Chairman of this outstanding charity. I have seen firsthand the fantastic work being done by all of the staff and I am honoured. to have been appointed to this new role.

“This is a time of significant change and challenge in the welfare and charity sectors. I look forward to working in partnership with the Board, CEO Ian Cumming, and all staff and volunteers to meet these challenges, as we work together to shape the future of Erskine.”

Ian Cumming MBE, Managing Director of Erskine, said: “As we say goodbye to our excellent former Chairman Robin Crawford, I am delighted to see Stuart Aitkenhead taking the reins.

“Stuart brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the board and he will no doubt seize the opportunity to apply his own perspectives to all aspects of what we do.”

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