20 November 2018
After eight years as chair of the Mental
Welfare Commission for Scotland, The Very Revd Dr Graham Forbes CBE
will leave the post in March 2019.
The search has begun for Graham's successor, with the advert now
published by the Scottish Government.
The successful candidate will have the senior level experience
required for this significant appointment and will play a central
leadership role in guiding and developing the work of the
Commission in safeguarding the welfare and human rights of some of
Scotland's most vulnerable people.
Applications are open until Friday 14 December, with interviews
scheduled for Monday 4 February.
For more information on the role, find the job advert here. If you
would like to find out more about the role, you are welcome to
contact the Chief Executive, Colin McKay, on 0131 313 8784.
In anticipation of his departure Graham gave an interview
published in Mental Health Today, reflecting on his time as chair
and looking forward to the future for his successor.
In the interview, Graham talks about how he has seen the
organisation through a period of change, including new legislation,
new responsibilities, and a new chief executive. His leadership has
been invaluable to the Commission for his two terms as chair.
Graham was the first chair of the board, following changes to how
to Commission was governed.
"Your first impressions?
I was amazed about how much we actually did. I was reasonably
well informed about mental health issues in Scotland, but joining
the team here and seeing how much what they were actually doing was
a revelation. In its visiting role alone, the Commission visits
every ward which treats people for mental illness, learning
disability or dementia, alongside prisons, care homes and other
places. I saw the huge demand that was actually there, and how we
struggled to meet that demand.
Eight years later I'd say there's even more going on. This is a
dynamic organisation which is doing far more than I'd been aware
You can read the full interview
on our website here.