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New director announced at leading charity

 

Brings extensive third sector experience

The Stroke Association has announced John Watson as its new associate director for Scotland.

Watson takes up post on 22 March and will replace Andrea Cail who was with the charity for seven years.

With previous roles working in the environment, international development, children’s services, human rights and health, Watson brings a wealth of experience to the role.

Barry Macaulay, interim head of locality impact at the Stroke Association said: “John brings a wide range of skills to this role. In addition to his experience in policy, research and community engagement, he has a strong record in influencing and campaigning for change. 

"Making Stroke a Priority in Scotland is one of our goals and I believe John has the vision, skills and drive to make this possible.  We are delighted to have him on board.”

Watson said: “It’s immediately clear to me that this is a crucial time for stroke support – the necessary response to Covid-19 has meant that stroke initiatives across the UK have been disrupted or delayed. Here in Scotland six out of ten stroke survivors say they have received less support from health and care services than usual.

"Like so many of us I have lost a loved one to stroke, but I hadn’t been aware that stroke is a leading cause of severe adult disability in Scotland. I’m excited now to have the opportunity to work with a great staff team, and a fantastic network of partners, to help make stroke the priority it needs to be.”

John’s appointment comes as the Scotland office launches its manifesto ahead of the Scottish Elections on 6 May. The manifesto highlights the impact of stroke and how we must build on the current work to improve stroke services.

Barry added: "While John is joining us in the challenging times of a global pandemic I look forward to working together to deliver an environment that gives the stroke community the best hope of a positive future.”

 

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