Age Scotland announce George Foulkes as new chairman

Age Scotland has announced the appointment of the Rt. Hon. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock as their new Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

George Foulkes has previously served as Vice-Chair and he will be supported by the new holder of that role, Dorry McLaughlin, the Chief Executive of Viewpoint Housing who was an existing Trustee.

Commenting on his appointment, George Foulkes said, “I am honoured to be chosen as Chair of Age Scotland at this crucial time. In the 70’s I was Director of Age Concern Scotland so will be returning to an area of special interest for me. In view of this new responsibility I will be spending less time on party activity. In the House of Lords I am now on the Select Committee on Charities and the All -party Group on Older People which will be taking up more of my time.”

Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan welcomed George Foulkes’ appointment, “It’s great to have George as the Chairman of our Board of Trustees. He has supported Age Scotland brilliantly during his time as a Trustee and latterly as Vice-Chair. He brings a wealth of experience of the public, private and third sectors and we look forward to developing Age Scotland work under George’s leadership of our Board. I too welcome Dorry to her new role. Her passion for delivering the highest quality care and new initiatives to tackle the complex health problems that older people face gives her a brilliant position from which to direct Age Scotland’s work.”

Following her appointment Dorry said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Vice-Chair of Age Scotland and to continue the work we have done to provide a strong voice for Scotland’s older people. I know from my work the importance of supporting older people in care homes to not just provide quality care, but quality of life.  

“Age Scotland is helping to deliver this message across Scotland to ensure that all older people, no matter of their circumstances, can love later life.”