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Chief Executive Appointed

17 Jul 2020

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Cornerstone is delighted to announce that Hazel Brown has been appointed permanent Chief Executive, after fulfilling the role on an interim basis over the last eight months.

Hazel joined Cornerstone in 2008 as Director for West of Scotland and then became Leader of Quality in 2017, before taking up the post of interim Chief Executive in November 2019.  As Leader of Quality she led on ensuring Cornerstone was providing the highest quality care and support across the country and that the organisational strategy became an operational reality. Hazel has worked within health and social care throughout her career - firstly as a front line carer, then as a qualified mental health nurse before completing a post graduate degree in Community Care.

Commenting on her appointment, Hazel said “I have never been prouder or more committed to work for Cornerstone; particularly given the extraordinary challenges and pressures placed on social care over the last few months. The resilience, compassion, determination and professionalism of my Cornerstone colleagues across the country has been second to none and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead such an exceptional team. I’m looking forward to further developing the vital care and support that we offer to thousands of people across the country, and to strengthening our position as a leading and award-winning social care provider in Scotland”.

Malcolm Laing and Elaine Thomson, co-Chairs of the Cornerstone Board said “We are delighted to appoint Hazel Brown as permanent Chief Executive.  Hazel brings a wealth of experience to the organisation having worked in health and social care all her life and has, for over twelve years, been a valued and committed member of the Senior Leadership Team. She has contributed significantly to quality-driven, programmes of change that have brought about considerable benefits to both the people we support and her Cornerstone colleagues. Hazel’s ambitious vision is progressive and inspiring and as a Board we look forward to supporting her, and the Senior Leadership Team, in ensuring a stable and bright future for Cornerstone”.

Alongside changes to the Senior Leadership Team, there will also be additional changes to the membership of the Board with Andrew Lockhart, Judith Tocher, Craig Pollock and Jonathan Parkes stepping down. 

Malcolm and Elaine added “We would also like to sincerely thank our departing members for their considerable voluntary commitment to Cornerstone during their time on the Board.  As we set a new direction for the organisation, we will shortly be looking to recruit additional Board members who will help us to continue our focus on providing the highest quality care and support and remain committed to our values and charitable purpose.  Together we will look to safeguard the exceptional care Cornerstone delivers to communities across Scotland, whilst ensuring the organisation is well equipped to respond to both the opportunities and challenges particular to the Scottish social care sector”.