Disability champion appointed to lead Leonard Cheshire Disability

8 July 2016

Neil HeslopToday Leonard Cheshire Disability announced that Neil Heslop OBE is joining the charity as chief executive on 1 October.

Currently managing director at RNIB Solutions, Neil is also co-founder and trustee of Blind in Business, an organisation he set up over 20 years ago.

Neil, who lost his sight aged 21, joined RNIB in May 2013. He is a graduate in law from Newcastle University and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In a 20-year career, Neil has held senior roles in the telecoms industry in North America and the UK. These include head of strategy and general manager of retail operations at O2, CEO of Cincinnati Bell Wireless and director of CTIA — the Wireless Association.

Sally Davis, chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability, says:

'As we approach the centenary of our founder’s birth, I am delighted that Neil will be joining us as our new chief executive. Neil brings a wealth of leadership experience across a number of organisations and has been a champion for disabled people, particularly in pioneering the development of enabling technologies.

'I would like take this opportunity to thank our acting chief executive, Rosemarie Pardington, for her exceptional contribution to the work of our charity over the last 17 years.'

Neil Heslop says:

'In the short time I’ve got to know the charity, I have been hugely impressed by the breadth of work that Leonard Cheshire Disability does. I’m delighted to take on the challenge of leading such an inspirational organisation which delivers excellent social care, innovative employment programmes and wide-reaching international projects.'

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