Quarriers chief executive Paul Moore quits

Moore, who has defended the proposed closures of three facilities, is said to be 'pursuing other opportunities'

Paul Moore
Paul Moore

Paul Moore, chief executive of the social care charity Quarriers, has left his post to "pursue other opportunities", the charity has confirmed.

The charity’s service director, Alice Drife, has been appointed acting chief executive while a replacement is recruited.

The charity last month announced proposals to close three of its facilities, with 60 staff potentially being made redundant.

The proposed closures, which could take effect at the end of this academic year, are for Seafield School in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, and for two children’s homes: Merton House in Largs and Williamfield in Irvine, which supports some of the residential pupils at the school.

Defending the proposals, Moore said last month that Seafield School was undersubscribed and no longer financially viable. He said attempts would be made to redeploy staff rather than make them redundant.

The charity, which employs about 2,000 staff and which had an income of £45.6m in 2012, was forced to cut staff wages at the three facilities in 2011 by 17 per cent, which saved £1.6m.

A spokesman for the charity said: "Paul Moore has decided to leave his post to pursue other opportunities. Paul has made a valuable contribution to the organisation over the past four years and we wish him well in the future."

The charity declined to comment on the reasons for Moore’s departure, such as whether he left at short notice or if it were related to the proposals to close some of its facilities.

The charity’s Twitter account has made no reference to Moore leaving over the past two weeks.

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