Chief executive, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) from October 2011
David Robb took over from Jane Ryder as the second chief executive of the Office for the Scottish Regulator (OSCR) in October 2011. His prior role was head of public service reform and efficiency for the Scottish government.
He previously worked as director of policy and development at the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from October 2007 - March 2010 and was head of the Scottish government's Public Bodies Policy Division.
From 2001 - 2003 he was a policy adviser in the First Minister's Policy Unit and also worked as head of the NHS Workforce Development Unit from 2002 - 2004.
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Scottish church ministers and officials are concerned that the same-sex marriage bill, passed this week, will impact on churches’ charitable status.
The current Scottish government would ensure that charities continue to benefit from tax relief on donations if the country votes for independence in next year’s referendum, it has promised in its White Paper on the subject.
OSCR has said that a Scottish charity can advocate a yes or no vote for Scotland’s upcoming independence referendum, as long as it is part of its charitable purposes.
The number of charity reorganisation applications approved by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator increased by 43 per cent in the last financial year, reflecting the sector's ability to adapt to the difficult economic position, says the regulator's chief executive.
The Shetland Charitable Trust has begun its recruitment drive to find eight independent trustees, following a long-running dispute with the Scottish charity regulator over its governance.
Some consortia arrangements with commercial organisations are forcing charities to act in a way which is contrary to charity law, warns Jill Steele, the solicitor for the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
OSCR will review the charitable status of 40 fee-charging schools in Scotland over the next two years, it has announced.
David Robb has been in the hot seat of Scottish regulation for four months now as the second chief executive of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. He speaks to Niki May Young about his move from politics to charity, the influence of changing regulation structures throughout the UK, and what his fresh eyes are bringing to the role.