Message from the chief executive

Neil HeslopIt is a huge privilege to have joined Leonard Cheshire Disability as its chief executive in September 2016.

Having lived with disability for more than 30 years, since losing my sight at the age of 20, I am passionate about supporting disabled people to achieve their potential and live the lives they choose.

To be entrusted with the leadership of this remarkable organisation at a time of great societal change is both a profound responsibility and an energising challenge.

At Leonard Cheshire Disability we have the opportunity and obligation to reach many more people with disabilities around the world and make a positive difference to their lives. Our values, history and amazing staff, volunteers and supporters give us the potential to bring about our founder’s inspiring vision for the world.

My immediate priority since joining has been to engage with the people who use our services, our staff and partners to understand our challenges and gain the insight to shape a refreshed strategy for 2017 to 2022. With renewed purpose we aspire to radically improve life choices of people with disabilities by supporting journeys toward independence.

Our three strategic priorities are impact through partnerships, support through communities and influence through insight.

In 2017, the centenary year of our founder’s birth, this annual report is a great opportunity to reflect on our past, share our work of today and commit to growing our impact in the future. In the years ahead we shall dedicate ourselves to working tirelessly to place the interests of people with disabilities at the heart of all our decision making.

Those we serve, the people who work for us and those who choose to support our endeavours are why this organisation has achieved so much for so long. I look forward to working with and expanding the global Leonard Cheshire community and partnering with the public, business, governments and third sector to strengthen and grow our organisation and the difference we make.

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Neil Heslop
chief executive