Investment firm veteran to take reins at mentor charity

The Times and Sunday Times

Published by The Times

Written by Ian Marland

A mentoring charity has appointed a former senior figure at the investment firm Standard Life Aberdeen as its new chief executive.

Graeme McEwan will lead MCR Pathways while the founder Iain MacRitchie takes on the role of chairman.

The charity is working in 75 secondary schools and supporting thousands of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people each week.

Mr MacRitchie said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Graeme as our CEO.”

He added: “The benefits on both attainment and wellbeing from that special one-to-one MCR mentor relationship are profound. Not just for the young people but also for the mentor and their employer.”

Mr McEwan said: “I was attracted to MCR because of its unique approach and effectiveness in addressing longstanding issues that limit our most disadvantaged young people. Its partnership model with schools and local authorities means that support is directed to those most in need.

“The impact of the MCR Pathways programme on improving attainment levels and positive destinations for young people is outstanding.”

Mr McEwan has worked as a senior executive in a number of international companies and was most recently the chief communications officer at Standard Life Aberdeen, where he managed global corporate affairs.

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