Former ICAS COO Lesley Glen joins charity KidsOR as new chief operating officer

Lesley Glen has joined KidsOR, the global charity tackling the global crisis in children’s surgery, in the newly-created chief operating officer role (COO), bringing over 30 years of experience within the finance, business and strategy sectors.

Former ICAS COO Lesley Glen joins charity KidsOR as new chief operating officer

Lesley Glen

Joining from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), where she also served as COO for nine years, Ms Glen will play a key role in KidsOR’s continued expansion as it seeks to take a transformative role in the provision of safe paediatric surgery to low- and middle-income countries.

KidsOR, launched by husband-and-wife philanthropists Garreth and Nicola Wood, has so far installed 50 paediatric operating rooms across Africa and Latin America creating capacity for 30,000 children’s operations annually. The charity aims to install 120 new Operating Rooms in Africa by 2030.

Lesley Glen said: “It’s an exciting time to be joining KidsOR as the charity plans for new developments and installations over the next few years.

“I’m proud and excited to be joining Kids OR at such a key time - I’m looking forward to playing my part in driving the ambitious plans to enable safe surgery for ever more children around the world.”

Prior to her role at ICAS, Ms Glen held a position as Vice Principal at Stevenson College Edinburgh and retained her affinity with education after leaving the sector through a number of non-executive appointments, including time on the Boards of Stevenson College, SRUC and South Lanarkshire College.

She graduated in Law from Glasgow University followed by undertaking her accountancy training at Strathclyde Regional Council, becoming a CIPFA accountant and prize-winner.

David Cunningham, CEO of KidsOR, added: “Lesley brings a wealth of experience from a variety of sectors which will help us reach new audiences while bringing fresh ideas to the way we operate.

“These additional skills will be fundamental in helping us drive change across policy, behaviour and social views while continuing our drive to grow as a charity, making Lesley a real asset to the team.”

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