Lottery fund appoints new boss

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The National Lottery Community Fund has named Neil Ritch as its director for Scotland

31st July 2019 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

Lottery bosses have appointed a new director who will be responsible for Scotland.

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced the immediate appointment of Neil Ritch as new director for Scotland.

Ritch has almost 20 years of working in National Lottery funding. He joined the New Opportunities Fund, a legacy organisation of The National Lottery Community Fund, in May 2000. Prior to that he worked as community worker in Shetland and as a Scottish Civil Servant in community care policy.

He said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Scotland director. The work we are doing is as interesting and exciting as it’s ever been in all the time I’ve been here. It is a great place to be and I am excited I now get the opportunity to lead on our work across Scotland.”

Dawn Austwick, chief executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, added: “Neil’s vast experience in grant-making, and wider community-led action, mean he is ideally placed to deliver our National Lottery funding for everyone in Scotland, putting people at the heart of what we do and ensuring communities can thrive.”

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund gave out over £48m of National Lottery funding to community projects across Scotland, with more than 1130 projects benefitting.

7th August 2019 by Peter Le Riche

Can the projects account for the money received?