Richard Hawkes to leave Scope at the end of this month

The chief executive's departure will come as the disability charity reviews its overall direction; a new chief will be appointed in early June, the charity says

Richard Hawkes
Richard Hawkes

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope, will leave at the end of the month amid a review of the disability charity’s direction, its board has announced.

Hawkes, who joined Scope in 2010, will leave on 31 May to be replaced by an interim chief executive in early June, a statement from the Scope board said today.

A spokeswoman for the charity said she was unable to confirm what Hawkes planned to do after leaving the charity, but it is understood that he does not have another role lined up.

The charity said it planned to appoint a permanent chief executive later in the year.

Andrew McDonald, chair of Scope, said the departure of Hawkes came amid a review of the charity’s overall direction.

"As part of this, we have agreed that it is the right time for Richard to pass on the leadership of the organisation," he said in a statement. "It is the right time for Scope and it is the right time for Richard."

McDonald, who took over as chair of Scope in October, said that Hawkes should take credit for the "enormous progress" the charity had achieved and the respect it commanded in the sector and beyond.

Hawkes said: "When I joined Scope, the organisation was in a difficult place and unable to invest in areas of strategic significance. Today, Scope is a powerful force for change with a resolute focus to improve the lives of disabled people and their families. I am leaving the organisation in a position of strength – investing in the transformation of its services and building awareness of its brand and strategy."

He said it would not be easy to move on from the charity but it felt right for him to pass the baton to a new chief executive as the country entered a new political cycle.

Before joining Scope, Hawkes was the international programmes director at the development charity VSO.

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