Scottish Commission for Learning Disability announces new Chief Executive

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The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) is delighted to announce Charlie McMillan as its new Chief Executive.  Charlie is currently Director of Services and Development at Capability Scotland and he will take up his new appointment at SCLD on 6th May 2019.

Charlie has held several senior positions including Chief Executive and Director roles across both the third sector and the public sector. He was seconded for a period of three years to the Scottish Government Health Department where he advised Ministers and NHS Scotland on participation, equality, diversity and human rights.  A member of the Policy Reference Group for the Scottish Government’s The Keys to life strategy for people with learning disabilities, Charlie was appointed following a highly competitive recruitment process that involved a group of young people with learning disabilities meeting each of the short-listed candidates and sharing their views with the appointment panel.

Commenting on Charlie McMillan’s appointment, SCLD Chair, Eddie McConnell said:

“We are delighted to have been able to make an outstanding appointment in Charlie McMillan as our new Chief Executive. Charlie has extensive and valued experience, including working with and for people with learning disabilities.  He will lead SCLD forward as we await the imminent publication of the new implementation framework for The Keys to life and he will forge strong links with Government and the wider learning disability sector as we build new and stronger collaborations to secure a better future for all people with learning disabilities living in Scotland.”

Charlie McMillan said:

“I have always valued and respected the work that SCLD does, so I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Chief Executive. I look forward to ensuring that SCLD continues to deliver on its mission and purpose – to significantly improve the lives of people with learning disabilities in Scotland. With Scotland’s learning disability strategy, The keys to life, about to move into a new phase, this is an exciting time for SCLD and the Scottish Government. In realising our mission, I am eager to work with existing and new partners across the learning disability community, and beyond.”

Charlie McMillan’s appointment follows the decision of the current CEO, Chris Creegan to move on from SCLD to pursue a new opportunity to lead an inquiry into civil society in Scotland.

For further information, please contact Kenneth Fleming, Engagement and Influencing Manager at or 0141 248 3733.