Beltus Ojong Etchu FRSA

Committee Member for Scotland
Beltus holds a BA in Business Accounting with Distinction (University of Paisley) and an MSc in International Finance Management (West of Scotland University). The Chief Executive of Next Step Initiative and President of the African Forum Scotland, Beltus is co-founder, Fellow and Director of the Centre for African Policy Development and Research Scotland.

Beltus has worked within the voluntary sector in Scotland for over 13 years with various organisations. He has been in management for over 12 years, which has included managing Pollok Integration Network as chair and treasurer; Assistant Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Scottish Refugee Council; a founder and then treasurer of the Scottish Refugee Policy Forum in Scotland; Director ASCEND Scotland; and President of the Association of English-Speaking Cameroonians in Scotland.

He was also Quality Management Officer at the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations (CEMVO) Scotland, where his responsibilities included organising and delivering quality management training using the European Foundation for Quality Management Framework (EFQM).

Beltus has been involved in the publication of several good practice guides for community groups and organisations in the UK, such as Understanding the Stranger, Traditional Stories from Cameroon (ASSECS, 2009), Understanding Each Other (recommended as a model of good practice by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education in 2007) and Tackling Inequality and Climate Change in Scotland (2011).

He has extensive experience in social entrepreneurship and enterprise and was instrumental in establishing and developing the Next Step Initiative’s workspace and business hub.