Blackwood Homes and Care has appointed a new chairperson to build its focus on using technology to enable older people and those with disabilities to live independently.
Julie McDowell has more than 20 years’ experience working in healthcare and with charities, and first joined the board of the Edinburgh-headquartered organisation two years ago.
She has pledged to continue Blackwood’s innovative approach to transforming the lives of people with disabilities and older people – particularly through greater use of design and technology.
“I first heard about Blackwood through its reputation as a top-quality organisation several years ago, so when the opportunity came up to be on the board, I did more research and that confirmed my understanding that Blackwood is a great organisation, with a terrific culture and excellent CEO,” said McDowell.
“I’ve worked in sustainable and responsible investment and addressing key social issues is a strong interest of mine, which is exactly what Blackwood is doing in really innovative and leading ways. They’re ahead of the curve with a vision of supporting people towards independent living with technology.”
McDowell will drive forward the organisation’s 2021-26 business strategy, while expanding and extending the organisation’s aims to develop a modern standard for accessible, affordable and technology-enabled homes.
She takes over the reins from Max Brown, who became Chair in April 2017.
She added: “I look forward to taking on the role. Max has been a very safe pair of hands for the organisation and an excellent chair, who will be a hard act to follow.”