We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Cumming MBE as Chief Executive.
Wing Commander Ian Cumming (Rtd) was in the RAF for 27 years. Ian served in the RAF Regiment that specialises in protecting overseas operations bases; headquarters and airfields from enemy or terrorist attack.
Serving in the UK; Europe; America; Middle East and Asia, Ian also completed multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as a United Nations Military Observer during the Cambodian Civil War and Head of RAF Corporate Communication for two years. His final role in the RAF was as Military Liaison Officer to the Pentagon and White House.
Ian was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his work in Basra whilst Commanding Officer of No 51 Squadron, RAF Regiment.
On retiring from the military, Ian worked as Director of Fundraising and Communications for the charity Guideposts in addition to being Director and Trustee of Vale House, a dementia care home in Oxford.
Ian joins Erskine from Carewatch Home Care Services where he is currently Deputy Managing Director. He was born in Glasgow and grew up in Falkirk so is happy to be returning to Scotland with his wife and family.
Erskine’s Chairman Robin Crawford said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian Cumming to Erskine as our new Chief Executive. Ian has had a distinguished career serving with the RAF Regiment and his post service employment experience is very relevant to the needs of Erskine. I look forward to working with him as we continue to develop Erskine’s work within the veteran community.”
Speaking about his new post, which he will take up at the end of June, Ian said: “I am thrilled to be joining Erskine because the charity holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of Scotland and the wider Services family.
‘I spent more than 25 years serving with RAF Regiment specialist teams providing military personnel with a safe and secure home, despite operational challenges overseas. Therefore, after a number of years in charity and commercial social care, I feel driven to return to my roots and join Erskine, a charity that provides veterans and their families with the safe home, care and support they need to face challenges of a different nature, post-Service.
‘I am immensely grateful to Robin Crawford and The Board for this opportunity and am indebted to current Chief Executive Steve Conway and my new colleagues for helping Erskine to achieve such iconic status. I look forward to joining the team and working with our remarkable army of volunteers and donors, to achieve remarkable things.”