Mark Adams will take up a new post in the United Arab Emirates after five years in post.
The CEO of a Scottish care charity is to step down after five years at the helm.
Mark Adams, chief executive of Community Integrated Care (CIC), will leave the post later this year.
The national social care charity announced this week that the move will take place in the autumn, with Mark and his family returning to the United Arab Emirates at the end of September.
There he will take up the position of CEO at NMC Healthcare, the country’s leading healthcare organisation.
Mark joined Community Integrated Care in September 2017 and oversaw five years of significant transformation and growth for the charity.
Under his leadership the organisation has strengthened its core values through the delivery of its We Dare Strategy, bolstered quality across its 450 services, developed new and exciting partnerships and emerged as a prominent campaigner for fair pay, respect and recognition for the social care sector.
More recently, Mark has worked closely with the charity's board of trustees and executive team in the creation of its new five-year strategy, Best Lives Possible.
Mark said: “Serving as Community Integrated Care’s CEO has been an incredible honour and will forever be the highlight of my 40-year career.
“I feel unbelievably privileged to have witnessed first-hand, the life-changing support that social care provides to society, and the transformative work of our frontline teams, who truly create the best lives possible for the thousands of people we support.
“We have achieved so much together over the last five years and have placed Community Integrated Care at the forefront of quality, social impact, and workforce standards in our sector.
“Whilst there is much further to go in providing fairer pay and a better career for everyone working in care, I know that our dedicated board of trustees and executive team will continue to make great strides towards making this vision a reality.”
CIC’s board of trustees is now in the process of recruiting a new CEO with the charity’s policy group executive team collectively leading the organisation in the interim.
Libby Raper, chair of the board of trustees at CIC, said: “Mark has made a remarkable impact during his time at Community Integrated Care, not least with his confident, composed and compassionate leadership of our charity throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“He has been an outstanding leader, driving considerable transformation, strengthening the charity at every level, and becoming a passionate champion for the social care sector.
“He will leave with our sincerest thanks for his achievements and best wishes for his next step.
“Over the coming months, I’ll be working closely with Mark, our executive team, and our board of trustees to ensure consistency of leadership, ahead of a new successor being appointed.
“As we look to the future, we do so safe in the knowledge that Mark’s vision, passion and relentless hard work have put us in the strongest position as we step forward into our plans for the next five years under Best Lives Possible.”