How we change lives Our news Cornerstone appoints new Chair and Vice-chair We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chair and Vice-chair to our Board – Peter Bailey and Helen Stuart. Outgoing Co-chair, Malcolm Laing has commented: “It has been a real privilege for me to have served as Chair alongside Elaine Thomson. Cornerstone is a tremendous charity providing quality services to so many people in need. I am immensely proud of the dedication and professionalism of the Cornerstone workforce and am grateful for the support which I have received particularly from Elaine, my fellow directors and the Senior Leadership Team. I know that Elaine has not only stepped down as Co-chair but has also retired from the Board after serving as a director for 18 years. During that time (including two terms as Chair) Elaine has made a huge and valuable contribution to Cornerstone and we thank her sincerely for all that she has given”. “I am very pleased that Peter and Helen have been appointed as Chair and Vice-chair respectively. I am confident that they will steer Cornerstone through the many challenges that lie ahead, not just for Cornerstone but for the care sector in general, and that Cornerstone will fulfil its aim of being an expert provider of care to people with learning disabilities, autism and complex care needs. I intend to remain on the Board for the time being and look forward to working with Peter and Helen”. The Board ensures that Cornerstone's strategy and policies are adhered to, in line with our charitable purpose and in the best interests of our stakeholders including, most importantly, the people that we support. In addition to the Chair and Vice-chair announcement, the Board has also appointed three new members; Robert Kay, Richard Webster and Angus Murray. Peter Bailey, Chair said: "I am delighted and humbled to have been appointed as the Chair of the Cornerstone Board. Since becoming involved with the organisation I have been encouraged by the range and quality of services we provide to the people we support and particularly the enthusiasm and commitment of staff. These are challenging times but full of opportunities and I am looking forward to working with other Board Members and the Senior Leadership Team to build on, and strengthen, the work of the Cornerstone for the future. In the position of Vice-chair, Helen will be a great asset to the Board and our wider work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Malcolm Laing and Elaine Thomson for their service over the years, and most recently as Co-chairs. Their significant commitment, knowledge and experience of Cornerstone has provided sound leadership, particularly during what has been a time of transition and challenge - not only for the organisation but across the whole sector. I wish Elaine a well-earned ‘retirement’ and am very pleased that Malcolm will continue to give support as a Board Member". Cornerstone CEO, Hazel Brown added: “The recent changes and additions to the Cornerstone Board are a very positive and exciting development. Our sincere thanks go to Malcolm Laing and Elaine Thomson as they step down as Co-chairs. Their significant service, experience and commitment to Cornerstone over the years has been hugely appreciated". "As we start to roll-out our new strategy “Future-proofing Cornerstone”, it is as important as ever to ensure continued good governance and a steady approach. Under Peter’s leadership, and with Helen’s support and guidance, our new board members join us at both an exciting and challenging time for Cornerstone and the social care sector in general. We welcome the fresh perspectives and experience all of our new appointees will bring to the table”.