The Royal Mencap Society has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.
Edel Harris will join the organisation in early 2020 after nearly 12 years at the helm of Cornerstone, a Scottish charity which provides a range of services to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and dementia.
The news comes after Jan Tregelles announced plans to step down from Mencap earlier this year.
Commenting on her appointment, Harris said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO at Mencap. As someone who is passionate about ensuring that people with a learning disability are included, listened to and valued, this role provides me with an opportunity to continue all the good work I’ve done at Cornerstone but on a bigger stage.”
Harris joined Cornerstone in 2008 and has also held directorships at the Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust and Scottish Council for Development and Industry. She is currently a trustee of the Robertson Trust.
Derek Lewis, Chair of Royal Mencap Society, said: “The trustees are delighted that Edel has accepted the role of chief executive of Royal Mencap Society. The challenges facing people with learning disabilities, as well as their families, carers and the organisations that provide support, remain severe.
“As we embark on the next phase of our ambitious development strategy, we look forward to Edel’s leadership and commitment to people with learning disabilities. Her experience and insights will be invaluable, especially those from her eleven years as CEO of Cornerstone where she has pioneered transformational changes in the way people with learning disabilities are supported. We look forward to welcoming her and working with her.”