Andy Kerr, CEO of Sense Scotland and a former MSP and cabinet minister of the Scottish Government, has been named as the new chair of Quality Scotland.
Kerr will take over the mantle from Sir Andrew Cubie, CBE FRSE, who has announced that he will stand down from the post this month.
Under Sir Andrew’s chairmanship it 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."
He 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."
Newly appointed Chair Andy Kerr said: "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."