Andy Kerr, Chair
Andy Kerr is a motivated and experienced professional with an interesting career history, from local government to Scottish Government, taking in on the way the setting up of various social enterprises, working as a business consultant and working at senior levels in the private, public and third sectors.
Andy is currently CEO of Sense Scotland, a charity and social enterprise with its roots in working with and supporting the deafblind community in Scotland. Its vision is for the people it works with to live meaningful and independent lives in a world which supports them to achieve their own ambitions. Sense Scotland works across Scotland employing over 1100 people and Andy is responsible for providing the strategic and operational leadership of Sense Scotland within the agreed governance framework.
Andy as Chair of Quality Scotland is enthused by the opportunity to play an influential role in the continuing journey of making excellence a national characteristic of Scotland and his whole working career has in some way or another been connected to his own personal journey towards excellence and quality in the organisations that he has worked in as a quality practitioner, as an advocate and as a senior decision maker.
Andy served as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for East Kilbride from 1999 until 2011, and in that time was the Convenor of the Transport and Environment Committee, Finance and Public Services Minister and latterly Health Minister, during which time the NHS achieved the lowest waiting times in the history of NHS Scotland and the first ban on smoking in public places in the UK was introduced.
Andy is married to Susan, has three grown up daughters and enjoys football, running and cycling as well as food!