Scottish care charity appoints new chief executive

Edel Harris, current deputy chief executive of youth charity Aberdeen Foyer, has been named as the new chief executive of Cornerstone Community Care, one of Scotland's biggest charities.

Edel Harris
Edel Harris
Harris will succeed Nick Baxter, Cornerstone’s founder and chief executive, who is retiring after 28 years at the helm. She will take over at the Aberdeen-based learning disabilities charity in June.

Baxter founded Cornerstone in 1980. Last year, it delivered services worth more than £28m to adults and children with learning disabilities across Scotland. He intends to travel around Europe with his wife in their mobile home when he stands down. He will remain on the board of sector finance organisation Social Investment Scotland and will consider other options when he returns.

“Nick is rightly very proud of Cornerstone’s reputation for providing high-quality services,” said Harris, who is a qualified social worker. “I look forward to working with the staff and volunteers at Cornerstone and to supporting the organisation’s aim to enable people who require our support to enjoy a valued life.”

Malcolm Laing, deputy chairman of Cornerstone, said: “Edel was an outstanding applicant. She has a track record of success and a well-deserved reputation as someone who makes a real difference.”

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