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Andy Kerr Appointed New Chair of Quality Scotland


Quality Scotland’s Chairman of 15 years, Sir Andrew Cubie, CBE FRSE, has announced that he will stand down from the post in November 2016.

Taking over the mantle from Sir Andrew will be Andy Kerr, CEO of Sense Scotland, a former MSP and Cabinet Minister of the Scottish Government, an experienced Quality Assurance professional and founder of business transformation consultancy Achieving Quality. He will be a passionate advocate for Quality Scotland’s values and contribution to the Scottish economy by leading the board and its growing membership community.

Under Sir Andrew’s chairmanship Quality Scotland, the National Partner of EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) and the official home of the EFQM Excellence Model in Scotland, now in its 25th year, has helped over 900 organisations, across all sectors in Scotland to improve business performance, deliver quality and achieve sustainable business excellence.

Sir Andrew said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved at Quality Scotland. With our dedicated team of 20 staff we have been at the forefront of helping Scottish business and other organisations in the public and third sectors improve in their performance, furthering our aim of making excellence a national characteristic of Scotland.”

Cubie added, “I am delighted that the Board has appointed Andy Kerr to take over the Chair’s role, and am confident his previous wealth of experience in politics, business and the third sector will be an asset to Quality Scotland and their ambitions going forward.”

Claire Ford, CEO of Quality Scotland, said: “We are very appreciative of Sir Andrew’s contribution and support over the years and there is no doubt we will all miss him when he stands down but we wish him well for the future.”
She continued: “We are absolutely delighted that Andy Kerr, with his wide-ranging experience and passion for quality and excellence has agreed to become our new Chair and we are looking forward to continuing to develop and increase the impact of Quality Scotland under his leadership.”

Newly appointed Chair Andy Kerr stated: “Becoming the Chair of Quality Scotland is an absolute privilege. It’s a big task but also an amazing opportunity to continue my personal quality journey and that of Scotland. The work that Quality Scotland does is central to our growth as an economy and a nation and I am delighted to take up the challenge of making excellence a national characteristic of Scotland.
“Quality and its approaches to it are woven throughout my entire working life in so many ways as a practitioner, as an advocate and as a senior decision maker and I truly want to make a difference.

“Succeeding Sir Andrew Cubie will not be easy but I look forward to working with Claire Ford, CEO, the Quality Scotland Board and staff to continue the pursuit of excellence.”