Andrew McDonald CB has resigned from Scope after 5 years as Chair of Trustees.
Andrew was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2007 and with prostate cancer in 2010. In recent months his health has deteriorated significantly, and he now feels unable to fulfil his duties as both Chair and Trustee at Scope.
Andrew McDonald CB, said:
“With a very heavy heart I have resigned as Chair and Trustee of Scope.
“I always said that if my health were to deteriorate such that I would be unable to do the job, I would stand down. Sadly, I think that stage has now been reached.
“I have had increasing problems with prostate cancer, and I am no longer able to chair Scope with the energy it deserves.
“I am deeply grateful to Claire Flint and Andrew Hooke for stepping in to take on the co-chair role temporarily.”
Mark Hodgkinson, Chief Executive at disability equality charity Scope, said:
“Andrew McDonald has – in his 5 years as Chair - had a hugely positive impact on Scope and our work.
“I am – like everyone at Scope – deeply saddened by the news that he is stepping down.
“I will miss his first-rate guidance, leadership and acumen, but Andrew’s health must come first.
“Andrew has been a passionate Chair committed to disability equality, and his influence will continue to shape our future.
“Andrew was a driving force in creating our Everyday Equality strategy.
“Claire Flint and Andrew Hooke will co-chair Scope in the short-term.”