The Disabilities Trust today appointed Steve Howell as its new Chairman following an election at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting this week. Steve joined the charity as a Trustee in 2002 and is a former global head of information Security and Business Continuity for a major US Bank.

He takes over as Chair from Peter Jackson, who is retiring after serving as a Trustee since 2005.

The Trust provides specialist support to over 900 people each year through residential and community-based services for adults with brain injury, autism and physical disabilities, and a special school for young people with complex autism.

With a five year strategy recently agreed by Trustees, and a change programme in place to ensure that the Trust has the right foundations for the future, Steve’s appointment comes at an important time for the charity. Irene Sobowale is the charity’s CEO and welcomed Steve’s appointment.

She said: “Steve’s background and approach is just what the Trust needs and I am very much looking forward to working with him in the coming years. I would like to thank Peter Jackson for everything he has done - his support and dedication to the Trust has been invaluable.”

Steve Howell said: “I feel privileged to be leading the organisation as we take the Trust forward and continue to change the lives of people with complex needs.

“It is a challenging time within the health and care sector as cost pressures and expectations increase - but our expertise and specialism is needed more than ever.

“However, with change comes opportunity and we will grasp that opportunity to deliver our support in new and different ways. Whatever services we provide, the heart of what we do will remain the same – it will be high quality, specialist and always with an absolute focus on the people we support.”

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