Charity CEO steps down after 34 years

Andy Wynd is to step down as chief executive of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland after 34 years leading the charity.

The charity’s chair Margo Whiteford said that Wynd had turned “what was a small, parent-led group into a national service that provides specialised support to more than 4,000 individuals across Scotland”.

Wynd is being replaced next month by Lawrence Cowan, who is leaving his role as director of income generation at Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.

“Finding a successor was always going to be difficult. In Lawrence, however, we have found someone with a depth of experience in the sector, a real passion for driving change, and the exceptional leadership skills we need to develop and grow,” said Whiteford.

“We’re greatly looking forward to Lawrence joining us and leading the charity into the future as we start a new exciting chapter in our history.”

Cowan added: “I’m delighted to be joining the wonderful team and the wider community in our mission to make sure that no one faces the effects of spina bifida and hydrocephalus alone.

“I also want to pay tribute to Andy’s commitment to and leadership of the charity. The progress that we make in the future is only possible because of Andy’s contribution to growing SBH Scotland to the respected national service provider it is today.

“Right now, people need our support more than ever. The cost-of-living crisis is hitting many of our families hard. Almost half of disabled households are struggling with the basics such as keeping their home warm. Demand for our range of family support services is also increasing while the cost of care is rising.”

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