New chief executive at leprosy charity

Jimmy Innes will join Lepra next month from the top job at the disability rights and development charity ADD International

Jimmy Innes

Jimmy Innes has been appointed chief executive of the leprosy charity Lepra and is expected to take up the role on 10 January.

He will succeed Geoff Prescott, who is retiring after five years leading the 97-year-old charity, which operates in the UK, Bangladesh, India and Zimbabwe.

Innes is chief executive of the disability rights and development charity ADD International and was previously director of programmes at the health development organisation Options Consultancy Services.

Suzanne McCarthy, chair of Lepra, said Innes was the right person to continue the work Prescott had started.

McCarthy described Innes as “a proven leader with a deep understanding of international development, the disability agenda and a clear vision for the future” who appreciated the role Lepra played in the UK and abroad.

Innes said: “I am thrilled to take the helm of this deeply respected organisation as we near Lepra’s centenary year in 2024.

“Lepra wears its values proudly on its sleeve in everything it does – placing paramount importance on the interests of people affected by leprosy, and working for the benefit of the most neglected and most marginalised.

“I am very much looking forward to leading and living Lepra’s values-driven approach in my new role, working alongside my colleagues in the UK, India and Bangladesh who do extraordinary work, every day, in support of our vision of a world free from prejudice and disability due to leprosy.”

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