At the end of what has been an unforgettable Centenary year for veterans’ charity Erskine, Chairman, Andrew Robertson, will pass the mantle to his successor and fellow Trustee Robin Crawford.
Retiring Chairman Andrew’s long relationship with Erskine has spanned forty years, culminating in his appointment to Chairman in 2011.
Reflecting on his time with Erskine and on his retirement, Andrew said: “In 1976 although Erskine Hospital was still caring for veterans of the Great War, the majority of patients served in WW2. Treatment of amputees was still very much a core part of the Erskine service. Today Erskine cares for an increasing number of former National Service men together with Service women and spouses of those who have served.
“It has been a huge privilege to have been part of the team responsible for steering Erskine through a time of great change, including moving from a service of Nightingale wards, to personalised en-suite accommodation in four care homes across Scotland.
“Change was only possible with the tolerance and goodwill of residents and staff as they were uprooted and moved to new locations and patterns of care. The Board of Trustees’ imagination and sense of purpose was critical during these times and it is a continuing source of reassurance that Erskine will carry on developing services of quality in response to the ever changing needs of the veterans’ community.
I wish all at Erskine every success for the future.”
New Chairman Robin joined the Erskine Board of Trustees in 2007 and chairs the Erskine Audit Committee. Speaking of his appointment Robin said: “I am honoured to be asked to take the Chair of this great organisation in this its 100th year.
“Erskine has continued over such a long period by adapting to ensure that its mission remains relevant to the needs of veterans. My focus will be on maintaining the excellent record of care of which Erskine is justifiably proud, while ensuring that we consider the emerging needs of current veterans.”
Erskine Chief Executive Steve Conway said: “It has been a pleasure to have worked with Andrew for the past five years, during which time he has been instrumental in defining and leading improvements in the charity’s governance and the continuous improvement of our services. I very much look forward to working with Robin, in his new role as Chairman, for what will be an exciting period in the development of the charity.”