Mark Atkinson to take top role at Action on Hearing Loss

The chief executive of Scope says the time is right for a new challenge after overseeing a radical transformation at the disability charity

Mark Atkinson
Mark Atkinson

Action on Hearing Loss has appointed Mark Atkinson as its new chief executive.

Atkinson has been the chief executive of the disability charity Scope since 2015, during which time he has overseen a radical new strategy that included selling off its regulated residential and daycare services and focusing the charity’s mission on achieving a fairer society for disabled people.

Action on Hearing Loss said in a statement that Atkinson would join later in 2018, taking over from interim chief executive Mike O’Connor.

O’Connor was appointed interim chief executive earlier this summer after Paul Breckell, who had been chief executive since 2012, stepped down for personal reasons.

Atkinson joined Scope five years ago as head of external affairs. He was later made interim chief executive in 2015 before taking the role permanently later that year.  

Before joining Scope, Atkinson worked in leadership roles at the Local Government Association, Citizens Advice, the Youth Sport Trust and Ambitious about Autism.

Atkinson said: "I’ve had a fantastic time at Scope and feel very proud of where the organisation finds itself as I move to a new role with Action on Hearing Loss. Scope is a confident and outward-looking organisation with a very clear determination to achieve a society where all disabled people enjoy equality and fairness.

"We have taken bold decisions and Scope is stronger and more influential as a result. I feel privileged to have led the organisation through a period of such significant change, and now is the right time to take up a new challenge."

John Morgan, chair of Action on Hearing Loss, said that Atkinson’s "extensive knowledge and experience in the charity sector" would be hugely welcome as it drives forward its ambitious strategy.

Andrew McDonald, chair of Scope, praised Atkinson’s contribution to the charity. "He leaves behind a strong legacy: an organisation in great shape, a talented leadership team, valued staff and volunteers and committed partners and supporters. He also leaves behind a charity committed to making a success of its radical new strategy."

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