Leading disability charity appoints new chief executive


Eddie McConnell will bring enthusiasm and experience to role with Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

3rd July 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS) has appointed Eddie McConnell as its new chief executive.

McConnell, currently development director at Sense Scotland, has held several senior leadership roles across both the third and public sector and is currently a member of the ministerial advisory group for disabled children and young people.

He was also instrumental in shaping the Scottish Government’s Keys to Life strategy for people with a learning disability. 

A father of five, McConnell’s youngest child has Down’s syndrome.

He said: “Our family has a long association with the work of Down’s Syndrome Scotland, and I consider it a privilege and an honour to be appointed its new chief executive.  

“I’m looking forward to joining a great staff team and working closely with the board and local branches of the charity as we drive forward our collective efforts to transform the outcomes for people with Down’s syndrome all over Scotland. 

“The charity has a great reputation for supporting families and campaigning for a better deal for people with Down’s syndrome.  I’m delighted to join such a positive and ambitious organisation.”

Stuart Macintyre, DSS chair, welcomed the appointment.

He said: “We are thrilled to have attracted an individual whose standing and reputation across the sector is second to none. 

“Eddie will bring his enthusiasm, inclusive approach and extensive experience to the role of chief executive of our charity. He has an established track record of success and his commitment to promoting the rights and needs of all people with a learning disability is evidenced in his role as chair of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability. 

“In addition, his family experience as a parent of a child with Down’s syndrome equips him well to lead our organisation forward as we build on the legacy from last year’s World Down Syndrome Congress held in Glasgow.”

McConnell will take up his new appointment in September.