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Cornerstone Charity Appoint new Chair Malcolm Laing

26 Oct 2017

Glasgow, Aberdeen – October 26th, 2017 – Cornerstone, one of Scotland's largest charities and a leading provider of services for people with disabilities and other support needs appoints new Chairman Malcolm Laing. Cornerstone was founded by Nick Baxter in 1980 when he brought together a group of parents and professionals who were concerned about the lack and quality of services available to people with learning disabilities and their families. On October 25th 2017 Malcolm stepped up as the Chair at the company’s AGM at Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel. He accepted his new role, as Peter Nicholson stood down after five years as Chair for Cornerstone (and after 14 years as a Director of the Board).

Malcolm, a corporate lawyer, is a former partner at Ledingham Chalmers LLP and now a consultant there. He joined the Board of Cornerstone in October 2001 when Cornerstone had a turnover of just under £10m compared with just under £38m today.

“I have witnessed tremendous growth in Cornerstone’s operations- not just an increase in the number of people we support but also in the range of services we provide and our geographical reach”, says Malcolm. “It has been a privilege to serve as a Director at Cornerstone and an even greater privilege to be appointed as their Chair. It’s an exciting and challenging time for Cornerstone as we develop our Local Cornerstone strategy and I am looking forward to my new role”.

Edel Harris, Chief Executive at Cornerstone said,

“Everyone at Cornerstone is pleased to welcome Malcolm as the new Chair of our Board of Directors. Malcolm is a long serving committed Director and I really look forward to working with him more closely in his new role.  We all wish our outgoing Chairman Peter the very best for his future and want to thank him enormously for all he has done for Cornerstone.”

On handing over the reigns as Chair, Peter commented,

“It is very important as Chair to be a confidante and listening ear for the Chief Executive and leadership team and to support them with implementing the overall strategy for Cornerstone. Getting the right balance between involvement and interference is important in all governance matters.”

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About Cornerstone

Cornerstone provides care and support services for adults, young people and children across Scotland with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs.

Since 1980, Cornerstone has grown to support more than 2,000 people each year, delivering services within 18 local authority areas across Scotland. More information on Cornerstone can be found by visiting