Veterans’ charity welcomes new trustees

Three new trustees have joined the board at veterans’ charity Erskine.

By Neil McGrory, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 12:55 pm
Dr Craig Fleming, businessman and fundraiser
Dr Craig Fleming, businessman and fundraiser

The new members are former STV presenter Major Mike Edwards, businessman and fundraiser Dr Craig Fleming, and Major General Chris Hughes CBE, Executive Chair of Veterans Scotland.

The new trustees will use their skills and experience to help the charity serve veterans at its four homes across Scotland.

On joining Erskine, Mike Edwards said: “When I was a journalist, my favourite stories were those I did at Erskine. I loved interviewing the residents and sharing their remarkable memories.

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“I’ve been an army reserve officer for nearly 30 years and I am passionate about veterans’ affairs. I hope that I can bring to the table my take on current military affairs, an intimate knowledge of the impact of caring for loved ones, particularly those with a diagnosis of dementia, together with decades of experience in the mainstream media.”

Dr Fleming’s background has held senior roles in universities, health charities and independent schools.  He said: “I am honoured to be joining the board of trustees and working with team at Erskine, and look forward to supporting the organisation in the coming years.”

Major General Hughes left the Army in 2009 and joined BAE Systems Inc, working in senior strategy positions before running a large business unit in the US.

He said: “I know from my work with Veterans Scotland how important Erskine is, not only to the veterans’ community that it supports directly, but as a significant voice across the whole of the sector. I look forward to helping the board navigate through the challenging times that lie ahead, so that Erskine may continue its exemplary work.”

Robin Crawford, the chairman of Erskine, said: “I am delighted that Mike Edwards, Craig Fleming and Chris Hughes have accepted our invitation to join the board of Erskine.

“Following the retirement of a number of trustees, we identified the additional skills we required to ensure proper supervision and governance of our operations at board level and are very pleased to have found three individuals with such extensive and relevant experience. We look forward to their contribution to the continued development of our strategy which seeks to ensure that the services of Erskine are relevant to the existing and emerging needs of veterans.”