Shaw Trust has announced that its chief executive, Roy O’Shaughnessy, will step down later in the year.
Over the past six years Roy has been a popular, relatable and visionary figurehead for the charity. Since joining Shaw Trust in 2012 following its merger with Careers Development Group, where he was also chief executive, he has overseen the creation of Shaw Education Trust and more recently the expansion of the Shaw Trust Group in a move designed to position the organisation to help to transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year by 2022.
He has steered Shaw Trust through a period of transition to become one of the largest 25 charities in the UK, with 3,500 staff and 1,000 volunteers delivering a diverse range of programmes and services.
In an email to staff on Monday (11 June), Roy said it would be difficult to leave the organisation after six years at the helm and cited family reasons and the need for a new challenge, admitting: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly.”
“I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved together at Shaw Trust”, Roy said. “From delighting our commissioners through our excellent delivery of frontline services such as Work Choice, Live Well Kent and the new Work and Health Programme, to setting up Shaw Education Trust and welcoming Prospects, Ixion, the Disabled Living Foundation and Forth Sector into our group, I have enjoyed working with our colleagues to help transform the lives of the people we support.”
Roy has accepted a role of chief executive of the Capital City College Group, which he will join later in the year.Long-serving trustee John Norman has been appointed to lead the search for a replacement in due course.