Scottish charity appoints political and PR advisor as next CEO

Scottish Huntingdon’s Association has promoted a senior executive with political and media advisory experience as its next chief executive officer.

The charity’s National Care Framework lead Alistair Haw takes over as chief executive from John Eden, who has retired after leading the charity for 11 years.

Haw has been with the Association for five years, working on the development of the world’s first National Care Framework for Huntington’s Disease, which is backed by the Scottish government and used by NHS organisations across Scotland.

Before joining the Association he was a political and media advisor in both the UK and Scottish parliaments and was an account director at the PR agency Kindred.

“I am hugely grateful to the Board for putting its faith in me to lead the charity and look forward to working with it, our amazing staff and our inspirational HD family members and supporters at what is an extremely exciting time for the community as new potential treatments appear on the horizon,” said Haw.

The Association’s chair Catherine Martin added: “Many of our families know Alistair through his work to develop the National Care Framework, which has been a huge success for the HD community in Scotland. During a full external recruitment process the Board was greatly excited by the vision Alistair set out for the future of the charity, and we look forward to working with him and all staff and supporters on this in the years ahead.”

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