Erskine, the Veteran’s charity, has recently welcomed three new Trustees. Joining the Board are Major Mike Edwards, former STV frontman, Dr Craig Fleming, businessman and fundraiser and Major General Chris Hughes CBE, Executive Chair of Veterans Scotland.
Collectively the new Trustees bring to Erskine a wealth of skills and experience, all of which will benefit the charity that cares for members of the armed forces community in four homes across Scotland and provides other services to veterans.
Widely regarded as one of the country’s most experienced, trusted and respected journalists Mike Edwards is well versed in the importance of caring for our country’s heroes. On joining Erskine Mike said: ‘When I was a journalist, my favourite stories were those I did at Erskine. I loved interviewing the residents and sharing their remarkable memories. I’ve been an army reserve officer for nearly 30 years and I am passionate about Veterans’ affairs. I hope that I can bring to the table my take on current military affairs, an intimate knowledge of the impact of caring for loved ones, particularly those with a diagnosis of dementia, together with decades of experience in the mainstream media.’
After several years working in executive search and recruitment in the scientific industry, Dr Fleming has pursued a career in fundraising, having held senior leadership roles in leading UK universities, health charities and independent schools where his experience extended to marketing, student recruitment, communications, fundraising and bespoke events, later transitioning to consulting in this capacity with family-run, boutique fundraising consultancy firm, FJ Philanthropy Ltd. On joining Erskine he said: “I am honoured to be joining the board of trustees and working with team at Erskine, and look forward to supporting the organisation in the coming years.”
Major General Hughes left the Army in 2009, having served extensively on operations, both in command and on the staff. He subsequently joined BAE Systems Inc. and served in senior strategy positions before running a large business unit in the US. He is currently the Executive Chair of Veterans Scotland. Speaking of his new role in Erskine he said: “I know from my work with Veterans Scotland how important Erskine is, not only to the veterans’ community that it supports directly, but as a significant voice across the whole of the sector. I look forward to helping the Board navigate through the challenging times that lie ahead, so that Erskine may continue its exemplary work.”
Erskine Chairman Robin Crawford said: “I am delighted that Mike Edwards, Craig Fleming and Chris Hughes have accepted our invitation to join the Board of Erskine. Following the retirement of a number of trustees, we identified the additional skills we required to ensure proper supervision and governance of our operations at Board level and are very pleased to have found three individuals with such extensive and relevant experience. We look forward to their contribution to the continued development of our strategy which seeks to ensure that the services of Erskine are relevant to the existing and emerging needs of veterans.”