Scope has today announced that its Chief Executive, Richard Hawkes, is to leave the organisation after five years.
Andrew McDonald, Chair of Scope, said: ‘It has been my privilege to serve as Chair of Scope for the past six months, and in that time the Board of Trustees has started to review Scope’s overall direction. As part of this, we have agreed that it is the right time for Richard to pass on the leadership of the organisation. It is the right time for Scope and it is the right time for Richard.
‘Today, Scope is an organisation which commands respect in the sector and beyond. Richard must take huge credit for the enormous progress we have achieved. On behalf of Scope’s Board of Trustees, I would like to thank Richard for his extraordinary commitment and we wish him well for the future.’
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of Scope said: ’When I joined Scope, the organisation was in a difficult place and unable to invest in areas of strategic significance. Today, Scope is a powerful force for change with a resolute focus to improve the lives of disabled people and their families. I am leaving the organisation in a position of strength – investing in the transformation of its services and building awareness of its brand and strategy.
‘Scope is round the table influencing the big agendas about the future of social care, how best to drive down the extra costs faced by disabled people and how we deliver a lasting change in attitudes towards disability. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved and will look back with great memories. Moving on from Scope won’t be easy but as we enter a new political cycle the timing feels right for me to pass the baton to a new Chief Executive. I wish Andrew and everyone at Scope the very best for the future.’
Richard’s last day with Scope will be 31 May 2015. Scope will appoint an interim Chief Executive in early June 2015, pending a permanent appointment later in the year.