Mencap appoints new director to head up transformation strategy

Mairi Martin

Learning disabilities charity Mencap has announced that Mairi Martin will take up a newly-created role as executive director of Transformation from next week.

Martin is currently Leader of Exceptional Service (Cornerstone Central) at Cornerstone – a Scottish charity that offers care and support for adults, children and young people with a disability.

In her new role, starting on June 1, Martin will have overall responsibility for Mencap’s transformation agenda.

This will include the development, delivery, evaluation and alignment of a transformational strategy for the charity.

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In her seven years at Cornerstone, Martin was responsible for varied business support functions with particular expertise in HR, strategy, and technology.

She led Cornerstone’s transformational change programme, overseeing the development and delivery of the Local Cornerstone Strategy. She also spearheaded the implementation of new technology to deliver increased effectiveness.

Commenting on her appointment, Martin said: “I am thrilled to be joining Mencap, having been hugely impressed by their work to drive change for the better for people with a learning disability. As someone who thrives on being part of a great team that transforms organisations, I am excited to have the opportunity to build on that with Mencap and look forward to getting started.”

Providing training and consultancy to other UK organisations on transformation change, Martin is an influencer of change in the health and social care sector and regularly supports and speaks at events involving Healthcare Improvement Scotland, the Scottish Government and NHS.

She was responsible for setting up and chairing the Evaluation Working Group, comprised of the Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate, Scottish Social Services Council, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and University of Strathclyde.

She was also previously executive director of Resources of the Riverside Group, a housing and care services organisation, for 13 years.

Edel Harris, chief executive of Mencap, said: “I am so pleased to welcome Mairi to Mencap. Mairi brings a wealth of experience having worked in the social care and housing sectors in both England and Scotland. 

“She has been involved in introducing an innovative new model of social care, from design of strategy through to successful implementation, and I look forward to her joining Mencap and helping to lead the work we are doing to improve the lives of the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK.”

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