Neil Heslop appointed chief executive of Leonard Cheshire Disability

He will join in October from RNIB Solutions, of which he is managing director

Neil Heslop
Neil Heslop

Leonard Cheshire Disability has appointed Neil Heslop as its next chief executive.

Heslop, who lost his sight aged 21, will join in October from his current position of managing director at RNIB Solutions, the sight-loss charity’s consultancy service, which helps businesses make their goods and services more accessible.

Heslop replaces Clare Pelham, who announced in March that she would leave the charity after five years in charge.

Law graduate Heslop, who has been at the RNIB since May 2013, has held senior roles in the telecoms industry in the UK and the US, including head of strategy and general manager of retail operations at O2 and chief executive of Cincinnati Bell Wireless.

He was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to British telecommunications and to charity.

A spokeswoman for Leonard Cheshire Disability declined to confirm how much Heslop would be paid for the role.

The charity’s most recently available accounts, for the year to the end of March 2015, show that its highest-paid employee, who is not named, was paid between £140,000 and £150,000 over the course of the year.

The charity had an income of £162.2m and employed 7,100 staff in 2014/15, the accounts show.

Sally Davis, chair of Leonard Cheshire Disability, said in a statement: "Neil brings a wealth of leadership experience across a number of organisations and has been a champion for disabled people, particularly in pioneering the development of enabling technologies."

Heslop said: "In the short time I’ve got to know the charity, I have been hugely impressed by the breadth of work that Leonard Cheshire Disability does.

"I’m delighted to take on the challenge of leading such an inspirational organisation, which delivers excellent social care, innovative employment programmes and wide-reaching international projects."

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