Chair of disability charity resigns because board does not 'support ethos of inclusion'

Jimmy McIntosh, who served with Partners in Advocacy for nine years, has called for an extraordinary general meeting to replace the charity's board

Jimmy McIntosh
Jimmy McIntosh

The chair of an advocacy charity has resigned from his post and called for an extraordinary general meeting to replace the board because he claims trustees do not support an "ethos of inclusion, anti-discrimination and empowerment" for disabled people.

Jimmy McIntosh, who has cerebral palsy, had served for nine years on the board of Partners in Advocacy, which provides support to disabled and vulnerable people to help them speak up about what they need.

 "I have always been proud of the work PIA has done to offer vulnerable people a voice," McIntosh said in his resignation statement. "I strongly believe that the majority of the board (not all) are not working in the ethos of inclusion, anti-discrimination and empowerment. Therefore, regardless of my attempts to guide them, I was left with no choice but to resign."

He said he was confident his supporters would succeed in forcing an EGM and the election of a new board.

"There is a new and excellent board with the right values ready to be voted in, but we need this board to step down," McIntosh told Third Sector. "A petition is being signed by many people and the EGM should be happening soon."

He said the problem did not extend to staff at the organisation. "The quality of both staff and services is excellent," he said. "It’s the board that’s not working. This cannot go on."

He said the board was now refusing to allow him access to his own PIA advocate.

Linda Bailey, acting chief executive at Partners in Advocacy, declined to comment.

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