New Chair at Young Scot

Elma Murray, Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council, has been appointed the new Chair of Young Scot, Scotland’s youth information and citizenship charity.

Elma was appointed as the new Chair of the Young Scot Board at the Young Scot Annual General Meeting on Monday the 19th of June. Elma Murray takes over Dame Sue Bruce who was Chair for the past five years. Elma Murray will be starting the role immediately.

Elma Murray was appointed Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council in 2009. In that time she has worked with the Council’s Elected Members to transform the North Ayrshire into one of the top performing Councils in the UK.

As a Director of the Urban Regeneration Company and a member of both the Wood Commission National Advisory Group and the Invest in Scotland’s Young Workforce Group, Elma has helped to deliver major projects to improve the lives of young people.

Some of the key improvements that have been made since she took over at the helm of North Ayrshire Council, have been in economic development, youth employment, delivering children’s services and creating a culture of continuous improvement aligned with early intervention and prevention.

Previously, Elma has held several senior positions including Chair of SOLACE, Depute Director of Finance and Head of Service Reform at Glasgow City Council along with Head of IT Services at North Ayrshire Council and at Strathclyde Police.

Dame Sue Bruce said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my past five years as the Chair of the Young Scot Board and I’d like to thank my fellow Board members and the staff at Young Scot for their dedication to helping to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. I will miss working with the team as I will step down from the Board so Elma has the space to lead in her own way. I will be keeping touch with everyone and will continue to be an ambassador for Young Scot; I look forward to seeing what’s next for Young Scot.”

Elma Murray, “I’d like to thank Sue Bruce for her leadership over the past five years, Sue has been a brilliant Chair and Young Scot is in excellent shape under her stewardship. Young Scot is an amazing organisation that is doing so many different things to help the young people of Scotland. I’m passionate about empowering young people and I’m excited to be working with my fellow Board member, Vice Chair Abbie Wilson and the team at Young Scot to create even more opportunities for the young people of Scotland.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said, “Elma brings with her a wealth of experience in creating exceptional services that benefit young people and overseeing major digital projects. Both are hugely important areas for Young Scot right now and in the future. We are all looking forward to working with Elma on the next chapter of Young Scot’s story and I’d like to personally thank Sue for her exceptional leadership and hard work over the past five years.”