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Scots health charity announces new CEO


Takes over as current head retires

Voluntary Health Scotland has announced a new chief executive,

Tejesh Mistry will take the reigns for VHS after Claire Stevens announced she is to step down after 12 years in post.

Christine Carlin, chair of VHS, said the board are deeply grateful to Stevens and welcomed Mistry as new chief executive.

“Tejesh brings a wealth of experience from his previous senior roles in the Third Sector, she said. “He has an excellent record of building positive relationships, and brings strong knowledge of membership organisations.

"Tejesh has a deep understanding of, and demonstrates a great passion for, tackling inequalities among disadvantaged communities, both in the UK and abroad. We look forward to him leading our excellent team, in what will be an exciting year for VHS as we celebrate our 20th anniversary."

Mistry was director of external affairs at Venture Trust for 4 years until August 2023; and most recently was interim director for Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan).

Tejesh previously held senior roles with the Royal Voluntary Service and with Cycling UK where he led behaviour change programmes to reduce loneliness and to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

He was appointed to the Board of Sport Scotland in April 2022.

Mistry commented: "I'm immensely passionate about the tireless work Voluntary Health Scotland's members are doing to address the health inequalities that continue to exist within disadvantaged communities. I'm excited to continue this momentum, working closely in partnership alongside members and policymakers to improve the wellbeing of people in Scotland for the future."     



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