Support charity Ypeople appoints new chief executive

Janet Haugh will succeed Joe Connolly, who is retiring after 12 years in the role

Janet Haugh
Janet Haugh

The Scottish care and wellbeing charity Ypeople has appointed Janet Haugh as its next chief executive. 

Haugh will join in January from the same position at Mary’s Meals International, which provides school meals to children in 18 developing countries worldwide. 

She will succeed Joe Connolly, who is retiring after 12 years in the role and a total of more than 40 years in social work and care. 

Haugh trained as an accountant and worked in the NHS before spending 14 years in local government and working at a charitable leisure trust.

She joined Mary’s Meals as financial controller in 2012 and worked her way up to become chief executive in 2018. 

Ypeople, which was formed in 1824 as the Glasgow Young Men’s Society for Religious Purposes and latterly became YMCA Glasgow, supports people in Scotland affected by homelessness and provides support through services including mentoring, housing advice, children’s accommodation and counselling.

It merged with YWCA Scotland last year.

Bertie Hunt, chair of Ypeople, said the charity’s board was impressed by Haugh’s experience and vision for the charity. 

"We have no doubt that the background and the expertise Janet will bring to Ypeople are going to be positive for the future of the charity and for the wellbeing of those we support," he said. 

Haugh said: "I am excited to be joining Ypeople as it looks forward to celebrating 200 years of supporting the people of Scotland, and I relish the opportunity to grow and develop the services offered to enable even more people to make positive change in their lives."

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