New chil­dren’s char­ity boss aims to de­liver the best

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ANA DA SILVA

A chil­dren’s char­ity has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of its new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Rami Okasha will take up the post at Chil­dren’s Hospices Across Scot­land (Chas) on Jan­uary 31.

The char­ity’s ser­vices reach 48 fam­i­lies in the Grampian re­gion, through its ded­i­cated out­reach ser­vice Chas at Home.

Mr Okasha has worked over the past year to de­velop new mod­els of care, help­ing reach more fam­i­lies in Scot­land.

The 40-year-old, who was ed­u­cated in Aberdeen, said: “Chas is a truly mag­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports chil­dren and fam­i­lies go­ing through the hard­est of times.

“It is an ex­tra­or­di­nary hon­our, both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally, to be asked to lead the team and to suc­ceed Maria McGill.”

Ms McGill anounced in June she was re­tir­ing af­ter nine years with the char­ity.

Mr Okasha added: “Three chil­dren a week die from a life-short­en­ing con­di­tion in Scot­land, and Chas wants to be there for all of them.

“Our mis­sion is to keep the joy alive for even more fam­i­lies across Scot­land. We will do that by work­ing in close part­ner­ship with the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the NHS and the Scot­tish pub­lic – some­thing I am whole­heart­edly com­mit­ted to.”

Mr Okasha has high­lighted his ded­i­ca­tion to con­tin­u­ing close part­ner­ship work, con­tin­u­ing to de­velop the team and en­sur­ing care re­mains “out­stand­ing” for chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Chas chair­man Ge­orge Reid: “I am per­son­ally de­lighted by this ap­point­ment and know that Rami will con­tinue to en­sure that Chas works ef­fec­tively with all of its part­ners across Scot­land.

“Maria and Rami will be work­ing closely on tran­si­tion dur­ing the months ahead.”

Rami Okasha

Colin McKel­lar

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