Leonard Cheshire Disability appoints former rail chief

Leonard Cheshire Disability has appointed the former head of rail and power company Alstom UK as its new chief executive.

Eric Prescott, who is a non-executive director of British Waterways, will take over from Bryan Dutton when the latter retires from his post of director general in October.

Sir Nigel Broomfield, chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said: "I believe that Eric’s values and approach, together with his leadership skills and business experience, will help us towards our goal of having a positive impact on the lives of millions of disabled people worldwide."

Prescott has also worked for construction company Balfour Beatty.

"I relish the opportunity to build on the changes that are clearly under way and to take the organisation to a new level," he said. "Changing society’s attitudes and delivering quality services against a backdrop of ever-diminishing resources is a challenge. But we owe it to disabled people to step up to that challenge and deliver our very best."

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