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Disability equality charity Scope is delighted to announce Robin Millar CBE as the Chair Designate of its Trustee Board. His appointment comes as the charity delivers an open letter to the Prime Minister today, backed by 30,000 signatories, calling for the government to stop forgetting about disabled people during the Coronavirus pandemic.    

Robin, an internationally renowned British music producer, businessman and mentor, has the progressive condition Retinitis Pigmentosa and was registered blind at 16 years old with no sight since 1985. Robin is one of the world’s leading record producers having gained 150 gold and platinum discs including 44 No.1 hits, representing over £400 million of sales worldwide. 

He produced many classic albums during his career including Diamond Life by Sade. He is currently Chairman of Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group, one of the UK’s best-known independent music companies whose roster includes artists such as Sinead O’Connor, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Ultravox, The Specials and Everything But The Girl.

Scope’s new Chair Designate Robin Millar said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining Scope as Chair Designate, especially at this monumental time for disability equality. There are 14 million disabled people in the UK and they have been forgotten and sidelined by the Government throughout the pandemic and now face bearing the brunt of an economic crisis. 

We cannot let the clock go back on disability equality. 

Today, in my first action as Scope’s Chair Designate, I proudly lead the delivery of a letter to the Prime Minister, signed by 30,000 people, demanding he prioritise disabled people. 

The pandemic has magnified the inequalities that disabled people face in our society. We need to work together to remove these barriers for good. Business, schools and communities all have a role in making sure disabled people have fairness and equality. If the pandemic has shown us anything positive, it’s that flexibility is possible in the workplace. Let’s build on this to create more job opportunities for disabled people in the future. 

Together, we won’t let disabled people be forgotten.”  

Scope’s Chief Executive Mark Hodgkinson said: I am delighted to announce Robin as our new Chair Designate and would like to warmly welcome him to Scope. 

His wide-ranging skills, wealth of experience and personal insight into living with a disability will all be of huge benefit to Scope in helping us deliver our ambitious strategy and guiding us through these challenging times.  

Disabled people have been some of the hardest hit by Coronavirus and with an uncertain economic future for the UK ahead we know that life may get even tougher. 

The need for Scope in campaigning for change and providing vital support services for disabled people and their families has never been greater. Robin’s leadership, passion and commitment to improving society will be invaluable.

I would like to thank Trustees Claire Flint and Andrew Hooke who have been interim Co-Chairs since Andrew McDonald stepped down from the Chair role last October. They have done a fantastic job and Robin will look to build on the strong foundations they have put in place.”

Robin takes up the role of Scope’s Chair Designate following a rigorous selection process that involved interviews with our Trustees, disabled colleagues and a disabled Assembly Member. It is intended that Robin will be appointed Chair at Scope’s November Board meeting, a few days after our virtual Annual General Meeting.

Robin announced he was stepping away from full time music production in 2010 to concentrate on his public and charitable roles. Robin is one of the eight founding directors of The Institute for Apprenticeships, is an Honourable Professor of Commercial Music at the London College of Music and has held patron roles with charities Unicef, CALM and Leonard Cheshire Disability. He has helped raise millions for various charity appeals and events and was made a CBE in 2010.    

Scope’s former Chair Andrew McDonald stepped down last October due to ill health. Since then, Trustees Claire Flint and Andrew Hooke have been acting as interim co-chairs.  


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  • Musicians sign letter claiming Government "shamefully failed" with Brexit deal (see News)

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13 Jan 2021

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08 Jan 2021

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07 Jan 2021

  • Warner invests in gaming platform Roblox (see Business)

  • Pa Salieu wins BBC Music Sound of 2021 (see Media)