Our former Chair Andrew McDonald CB, who held the position between 2014 and 2019, has died.
Andrew was Chair during a critical time for the Scope. He was a driving force in creating our Everyday Equality strategy.
With our then Chief Executive, he ensured we needed to be clear and focussed as an organisation. He was instrumental in the radical and bold step to divest our regulated day services. He helped to turn Scope into the forward-looking and dynamic organisation it is today. Andrew was always determined that Scope would become more relevant to a larger proportion of the 14 million disabled people in the UK.
In response to this sad news, Mark Hodgkinson, Chief Executive at disability equality charity Scope, said:
“I am deeply saddened by the news that Andrew McDonald has passed away, and I know everyone at Scope will miss him greatly.
“Andrew made– in his five years as Chair - a hugely positive impact on Scope and our work. His guidance, leadership and judgement were first-rate. Andrew was passionate about disability equality and was a driving force in creating our Everyday Equality strategy. He was instrumental in helping to forge Scope into the forward-looking and dynamic organisation it is today.
“At this very sad time our thoughts are with his friends and family. Andrew’s influence on Scope will continue to shape our future.”
Our Chair, Robin Millar CBE, said:
“Andrew’s leadership of Scope helped to transform the lives of thousands of disabled people and their families. We are hugely thankful for all Andrew did during his five years as Chair. And we are all extremely proud of what Scope achieved under Andrew’s guidance.
“I was delighted to take up the mantle from Andrew in 2020 and lead Scope in our mission to continue to transform the lives of disabled people and disabled families just as Andrew did.”