All Change on The Board

Kenneth PinkertonKenneth Pinkerton

Kenneth Pinkerton, Chair of The Board

It seems hardly any time at all since I met with East Park's former Chief Executive Judy Cromarty in the Summer of 2012. I had previously worked with Judy on the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged to form Age Scotland and so was aware that she knew that I specialised in charity law.  I asked (politely), "Is that roundabout way of asking if I would be interested?"  Judy looked at me and said, "You know, I hadn't even considered that.  Would you be interested?"  A time was arranged for me to visit East Park and, as they say, the rest is history.

I was officially appointed to the Board on 11th September 2012.  The Board I joined was very different from the East Park Board of today.  I joined a Board of 5 male charity trustees.  I am delighted to say that on my resignation I will leave a Board of 8 members with 3 male and 5 female charity trustees.

I was delighted and honoured to take on the role of Chair in April 2015.  Since then it has been a busy time.  I have overseen the implementation of a committee structure allowing trustees more time to consider the business of East Park and the challenges facing it and also, of course, the capital build which added additional residential space and classroom facilities.

I have also been witness to changes in personnel.  As well new charity trustees, East Park has a new Executive Director and a new Head of Education.  As for me, I have recently been appointed as a charity trustee of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the national membership body for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises which I am very much looking forward to.

Serving as a charity trustee and Chair of East Park has been a humbling experience and one I will treasure.  One thing has not changed since 2012 and that is the commitment and expertise of all those involved at East Park in meeting the needs of the children and our young people.  I wish them, along with the children and young people of East Park every success in the future.