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Published on 02 August 2016 12:30 PM

Age Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of their new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Rt. Hon. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock.  George Foulkes has previously served as Vice-Chair and he will be supported by the new holder of that role, Dorry McLaughlin, the Chief Executive of Viewpoint Housing who was an existing Trustee.  
In addition to George’s appointment, Age Scotland is also pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Trustees to strengthen the charities position as Scotland’s leading older people’s charity.  
Commenting on his appointment, George Foulkes said, “I am honoured to be chosen as Chair of Age Scotland at this crucial time. In the 70’s I was Director of Age Concern Scotland so will be returning to an area of special interest for me. In view of this new responsibility I will be spending less time on party activity. In the House of Lords I am now on the Select Committee on Charities and the All -party Group on Older People which will be taking up more of my time.”
Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan welcomed George Foulkes’ appointment, “It’s great to have George as the Chairman of our Board of Trustees.  He has supported Age Scotland brilliantly during his time as a Trustee and latterly as Vice-Chair.  He brings a wealth of experience of the public, private and third sectors and we look forward to developing Age Scotland work under George’s leadership of our Board.
I too welcome Dorry to her new role.  Her passion for delivering the highest quality care and new initiatives to tackle the complex health problems that older people face gives her a brilliant position from which to direct Age Scotland’s work.”
Following her appointment Dorry said, “I am delighted to have been appointed Vice-Chair of Age Scotland and to continue the work we have done to provide a strong voice for Scotland’s older people.  I know from my work the importance of supporting older people in care homes to not just provide quality care, but quality of life.  Age Scotland is helping to deliver this message across Scotland to ensure that all older people, no matter of their circumstances, can love later life.”
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Notes to Editors:
George Foulkes, Baron Foulkes of Cumnock  (Please note that George is available for interview on request)
George Foulkes began his political career in 1963, when he was elected Senior President of the Students’ Representative Council at the University of Edinburgh. He became President of the Scottish Union of Students in 1965, and following stints as Director of Enterprise Youth and Age Concern Scotland, was elected to Edinburgh City Council in 1970. He was appointed Chairman of the Lothian Education Committee in 1974, and of the Education Committee Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in 1976. Between 1974 and 1979, he also served as Councillor for the Lothian Region.
Foulkes entered Parliament in 1979, as MP for South Ayrshire. Following the constituency’s abolition, Foulkes was elected to represent Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in Parliament. He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, before being appointed Minister of State for Scotland in 2001. 
Outside of Parliament, Foulkes was Chairman of Hearts Football Club between 2004 and 2006, and the Caribbean Britain Business Council between 2002 and 2011. He is currently a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Govnet Communications.
Dorry McLaughlin
Dorry has been Chief Executive at Viewpoint for six years and has worked in housing and services for older people for over 25 years following spells in local government and with the housing regulator in England. Viewpoint provides care homes with nursing and housing services for older people in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. 
Dorry’s passion for quality services for older people has led Viewpoint to implement a Dementia Strategy, health hubs and community services aimed at increasing awareness amongst its tenants and the wider community of dementia as well as other challenges facing older people. Viewpoint runs a Craft Café in partnership with Impact Arts, and has carried out a number of dementia awareness raising road shows in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland.

Age Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of their new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the Rt. Hon. Lord Foulkes of Cumnock.  George Foulkes has previously served as Vice-Chair and he will be supported by the new holder of that role, Dorry McLaughlin, the Chief Executive of Viewpoint Housing who was an existing Trustee.

In addition to George’s appointment, Age Scotland is also pleased to welcome two new members to our Board of Trustees to strengthen the charities position as Scotland’s leading older people’s charity.  

Commenting on his appointment, George Foulkes said, “I am honoured to be chosen as Chair of Age Scotland at this crucial time. In the 70’s I was Director of Age Concern Scotland so will be returning to an area of special interest for me. In view of this new responsibility I will be spending less time on party activity. In the House of Lords I am now on the Select Committee on Charities and the All -party Group on Older People which will be taking up more of my time.”

Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan welcomed George Foulkes’ appointment, “It’s great to have George as the Chairman of our Board of Trustees.  He has supported Age Scotland brilliantly during his time as a Trustee and latterly as Vice-Chair.  He brings a wealth of experience of the public, private and third sectors and we look forward to developing Age Scotland work under George’s leadership of our Board. I too welcome Dorry to her new role.  Her passion for delivering the highest quality care and new initiatives to tackle the complex health problems that older people face gives her a brilliant position from which to direct Age Scotland’s work.”

Following her appointment Dorry said, “I am delighted to have been appointed Vice-Chair of Age Scotland and to continue the work we have done to provide a strong voice for Scotland’s older people.  I know from my work the importance of supporting older people in care homes to not just provide quality care, but quality of life.  Age Scotland is helping to deliver this message across Scotland to ensure that all older people, no matter of their circumstances, can love later life.”

For more information: Contact our Head Office at info@agescotland.org.uk or call 0333 32 32 400