Charity chief to leave Leonard Cheshire after five successful years

10 March 2016

Clare Pelham is leaving Leonard Cheshire Disability after five successful years as chief executive.

Clare has led Leonard Cheshire, the UK’s leading disability charity, in its work for a society in which every person is equally valued including through our award-winning work to end ‘flying’ 15-minute home care visits.

Leonard Cheshire Disability has also grown from strength to strength internationally over the last five years, with its alliance going across 54 countries and supporting nearly 80,000 disabled people to access education, contribute economically, and to participate fully in society.

In the UK we are the country’s largest voluntary sector provider of social care services for disabled people. And last year we launched Future Choices, the most ambitious programme we’ve ever developed to ensure that disabled people’s views are always at the heart of what we do. Alongside our care services we have significantly grown other services, especially employment, to support disabled people to live their lives the way they choose. All this work will continue and grow in future because the need is there and we must respond.

Clare Pelham said, ‘I am proud of all the charity has achieved under my leadership in the last five years through its amazing staff and volunteers, and I am confident about its future. This has not been an easy decision to take but I believe the time is right now for me to look for a new role.

‘It has been a privilege to be chief executive of Leonard Cheshire. I have been a supporter of the charity since I was a student volunteer, and I will always continue to be a supporter.’

Sally Davis, chair of Leonard Cheshire, said, ‘I want to thank Clare for her vision and commitment over the last five years. The trustees and I wish her well and are grateful for her immense contribution. A new chief executive will be recruited in due course and we will ensure a smooth transition.’

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