Public appointment: Member and Deputy Chair reappointed to the Scottish Charity Regulator

Public appointments news release.

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, announced the reappointment of Jill Vickerman as a Member and Deputy Chair of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Member and Deputy Chair

Jill Vickerman is the National Director of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland. She has held this post since 2013, during which time she has led the work of the BMA in Scotland, influencing national health policy, and working on behalf of doctors and training doctors in Scotland. Prior to 2013, Jill spent 26 working for the Scottish Government in a range of different roles and departments, initially as an analyst where she led the analytical services for the health and social care department, and latterly as head of policy for health quality in Scotland. In this latter role, Jill worked with the NHS and with the third sector to develop the Quality Strategy and the 2020 Vision for health and social care in Scotland. Over the period 2013-2017 Jill was a trustee for Erskine Hospital, the veteran’s charity, where she was a board member, and sat on the care governance committee and the audit and risk committee.


The reappointment will be for four years and will run from 1 March 2022 to 28 February 2026.

The reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.


The reappointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £228 per day for a time commitment of three days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Jill Vickerman does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.   

Jill Vickerman has had no political activity within the last five years.


The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) is a Non-Ministerial Office and part of the Scottish Administration following commencement of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

They are the independent regulator and registrar for over 25,000 Scottish charities including community groups, religious charities, schools, universities, grant-giving charities and major care providers. Based in Dundee they have around 50 members of staff. Their work as Regulator ultimately supports public confidence in charities and their work.

OSCR's general functions are set out in the 2005 Act:

  • to determine whether bodies are charities
  • to keep a public register of charities
  • to encourage, facilitate and monitor compliance by charities with the provisions of this Act
  • to identify and investigate apparent misconduct in the administration of charities and to take remedial or protective action in relation to such misconduct
  • to give information or advice, or to make proposals, to the Scottish Ministers on matters relating to OSCR's functions.
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