Mark O'Donnell, Chief Executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded

Mark O'DonnellMark O’Donnell took up the post of Chief Executive in June 2017, joining from Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, where he was also Chief Executive.

He was previously a Deputy Director in Scottish Government working on health and social care policy and planning areas, including long-term health conditions and quality and safety issues. He has also held Director-level positions in two other health charities in Scotland. 

Prior to joining the Scottish Government, he was Head of Planning and Performance at the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Mark has held a number of voluntary and Trustee positions over the years, including being a member of the inaugural Scottish Advisory Board of Marie Curie Cancer Care, a Trustee of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations and Chair of Liberton Primary School Association. 

Mark has a first Degree in Politics and a postgraduate degree in Social and Public Policy, both from the University of Edinburgh.