Charities Aid Foundation appoints Neil Heslop as chief executive

He will join CAF in November from the same position at the disability charity Leonard Cheshire

Neil Heslop
Neil Heslop

The Charities Aid Foundation has appointed Neil Heslop as its next chief executive.

Heslop will leave his position as chief executive of the disability charity Leonard Cheshire to join CAF in November.

He will succeed Sir John Low, who in December announced his plan to retire after 13 years at the helm.

Before joining Leonard Cheshire in 2016, Heslop, who has been blind since the age of 21, held senior roles in the telecoms industry in North America and Europe, co-founded the charity Blind in Business and served as an adviser to the UK government on the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Heslop, who was appointed OBE in 2002 for services to British telecommunications and charity, previously told Third Sector that he wanted to help increase the number of people with disabilities in senior positions at major charities.

“It’s vital for the credibility and effectiveness of disability charities that their senior leaders are powerful and authoritative advocates for the disabled people they serve,” he said in the 2018 interview.

He said in a statement today: “Now more than ever charities are vital in our lives as we grapple with an unparalleled global health crisis. Supporting charities in all that they do is at the very heart of CAF, and I am proud to be joining at such a crucial time.”

Sir James Leigh-Pemberton, chair of CAF, welcomed Heslop’s “global experience, knowledge of the charity sector, business skills, creativity and energy as we continue our work to motivate society to give ever more effectively in order to transform lives and communities around the world”.

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