Welcome to new Chief Executive Mark O'Donnell!

Posted: 04/07/2017 | Education, Adult Services, Care for Older People, , Child Care, Scottish War Blinded,

Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded have officially welcomed their new Chief Executive, Mark O’Donnell.

Mark, who was previously the Chief Executive of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, is taking over the role from Richard Hellewell who retired last week.

Chief Executive Mark O'DonnellWith a background in health and social care in the charitable and public sectors, Mark joins the Royal Blind Group during a period of significant expansion. 150 jobs will shortly be created in Paisley at Royal Blind’s new care home for visually impaired older people and Scottish War Blinded’s activity and support centre. The new services will open in October this year.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Mark is a former Deputy Director in health and social care at the Scottish Government and has held senior positions at the Scottish Ambulance Service and MS Society.  

He said: "I am truly delighted to be joining Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded.  It is a huge privilege to take over from Richard Hellewell as Chief Executive of such a respected and important organisation with a strong reputation for excellence and person-centred services. 

“It is a particularly exciting time to join with an expansion of services underway. I look forward to working with everyone connected to the organisation to make sure the next chapter in the organisation's history is a great success."

Gwenn McCreath, Chair of Royal Blind said: “We are delighted that Mark O’Donnell will be joining us as Chief Executive. He brings a wealth of experience of leading and managing charities and of working on social and health care policy and service delivery. Mark is joining Royal Blind at an exciting time in our development and we look forward to his leadership."