Scope’s Chair wins top leadership award

Disability charity Scope’s Chair of Trustees, Dr Alice Maynard, has been recognised for her “tireless” and “determined” leadership,  at the 2014 Non-Executive Director (NED) Awards.

Maynard, who is Scope’s first disabled Chair, beat off stiff competition in her category, to be crowned the top NED in a not-for-profit or public service organisation.

The Judges praised her significant contribution to Scope and the lives of disabled people, stating that the charity has gone from strength-to-strength under her leadership.  The Judges said that Maynard “would be a positive force at any boardroom table” and acknowledged the significant change that she has driven across the organisation.

Richard Hawkes, CEO of Scope, said:

“Alice has worked tirelessly as Chair of Scope since 2008.

“She has brought energy, passion and determined leadership to Scope – transforming us into a highly successful, financially-strong organisation, which supports thousands of disabled people and influences positive change across society.

“Alice has made an outstanding contribution to the inclusion of disabled people in society.

“She has led Scope’s new strategy, steering us towards a vision of a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

This vision will define Scope’s work over the coming years.”

Alice Maynard, Chair of Scope, said:

"I am hugely honoured and gratified to win this award.  

“No Chair or NED, though, can operate in a vacuum so this is also a testament to the passion, commitment and hard work of the many excellent Board and Executive Team members that I've worked with over my years with Scope.

“It's a great organisation to work for, and I know it will go from strength to strength in the years to come."  

Alice Maynard is Scope’s first disabled chair. She is the founder and managing director of Future Inclusion Ltd, a consultancy advising companies on a whole system approach to providing inclusive services.

Alice was Head of Disability Strategy at Network Rail from 1998 to 2003. She has since worked extensively in the transport industry and currently chairs Transport for London’s Independent Disability Advisory Group. Alice’s background includes 10 years in IT, managing teams in international projects.

She will step down as Chair of Scope on 18 October this year.

The annual NED awards, which are sponsored and organised by Peel Hunt, in collaboration with The Sunday Times, celebrate the vital contribution NEDs make to the success of some of the UK's leading business and not-for-profit organisations.

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