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New chair sought for the Mental Welfare Commission

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 of."

You can read the full interview on our website here.