Ruth Owen OBE has been appointed CEO of international disability charity Leonard Cheshire, and will begin working in the role 1 February, 2021.
Owen received an OBE in 2012 for her services to disabled children.
She joins Leonard Cheshire from Whizz-Kidz, the biggest provider of powered and lightweight manual wheelchairs for disabled children outside of the NHS.
Whizz-Kidz is also a leading campaigning organisation in the sector where Owen has been CEO since 2004.
Owen has also taken on a number of other roles in recent years.
In 2018 she was appointed as a non-executive director of Motability Operations Group, and in 2019 was selected as a member of The Mayor of London’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.
In 2019 she was appointed by the Office for Disability Issues (DWP) as chair of Greater London Regional Stakeholder Network.
She commented: “I am delighted to be joining Leonard Cheshire as chief executive and feel privileged to have been appointed to this exceptional charity.
“I am passionate about enabling disabled people around the world to live, learn and work as independently as they choose and making a significant and tangible difference to their lives.”
Meanwhile, Sally Davis, chair of Leonard Cheshire’s trustees, said: “The trustees are delighted that Ruth will be leading the charity.
“Ruth’s successes speak for themselves. Her passion, drive, business skills, charity and business experience will be a huge asset as we look to build on the achievements of recent years.
“While a huge amount has been achieved, we want to make an even bigger difference to the lives of disabled people around the world. Ruth will be integral to realising that vision and the whole Board looks forward to working with her.”