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New Chief Executive for Charity

Tuesday February 6 2024

The son of the founder of Blythswood Care has officially taken over as chief executive of the Christian charity.

Jeremy Ross succeeded James Campbell in the role last week, following a three-month handover period. Jeremy, a Free Church of Scotland minister, is a son of the late Rev Jackie Ross, Blythswood’s founder and president.

Jeremy grew up in Lochcarron and worked for Blythswood from 1998 to 2007, and has served as a trustee since 2021.

Probably best-known to many people for its annual Shoe Box Appeal, Blythswood has published Bible story books for children and Christian testimonies for teenagers in six European languages in partnership with Christian Focus Publications. During James Campbell’s 25-year tenure as chief executive, the organisation developed a stronger commercial footing in Scotland and in Northern Ireland, while building on its links with evangelicals in Eastern Europe to develop educational and community projects.

At an event at Culduthel Christian Centre, Inverness, on Saturday January 27, the new chief executive said that Blythswood had never been an organisation which believed that people’s needs were purely material. Quoting Mark 8:36, he said: “How many know God sent his Son to save them?  Someone needs to tell them. It is our privilege to partner with local people who tell people in their communities about Jesus and help them out of poverty.”

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