Founder of Motivation to step down after three decades


David Constantine is to step down from his role as founder director at Motivation from 1 January 2022.

Constantine co-founded the operation in 1991 and after ‘having time to reflect’ during the country’s national lockdown, will now focus his time on his other roles as chair of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and president of International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics, commencing in 2023.

Chief executive officer, Amanda Wilkinson, will continue to lead Motivation.

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Commenting on his departure, Constantine says: “During the pandemic, I have had time to reflect on life, my health and, importantly, my future. I have taken on two new positions in lockdown and I will continue to share my experiences with the global sector through these roles.

“Stepping down from Motivation allows me to focus time on these roles and take time for myself – something I really haven’t done since co-founding Motivation.”

While his operational role for the organisation will come to an end, he will continue his advocacy and support of our work where he can.

Richard Hawkes, chair of trustees, says: “David has achieved so much for the sector since co-founding Motivation in 1991. He has tirelessly advocated for disabled people in low- and middle-income countries to receive quality wheelchairs through appropriate assessment and fitting. He has influenced governments, major health organisations and other product designers – always with a collaborative approach.”

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