Leading learning disability and mental health charity, Praxis Care, has announced the retirement of its Chief Executive, Nevin Ringland, after 39 years at the helm.
Ringland founded the charity in 1980 and has led Praxis Care through periods of transformational change which has provided an increased number of individuals with complex needs across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England and Isle of Man, with the care and support they require to lead fulfilling lives.
Praxis Care is the largest complex needs charity in Northern Ireland and over the next several years will become one of the larger charities across the UK and Ireland.
The charity currently employs 1,500 staff and is set to increase its workforce to 3,500 over the next four to five years.
Confirming his retirement Ringland says: “There are two big things which stand out for me over the past 39 years with Praxis Care; meeting service users and listening to their unique stories and progress, and secondly, meeting and working with the staff, listening to and feeling the passion in their voices with regards to the work they do caring for and supporting Service Users to live fulfilling lives.”
Ken Brundle, Chair of Praxis Care, announced that the Governing Board of Praxis Care has unanimously agreed to appoint Nevin as Patron of Praxis Care, to help ensure continuity of its brand and values: “We are delighted that Nevin has agreed to continue his work as a Patron of Praxis Care.
“Nevin will be continuing with several projects including the development of Praxis Care’s new Central Office in Belfast and the establishment of the Praxis Care Innovation Think Tank, in partnership with Queen’s University of Belfast.
“The Think Tank will research and develop Praxis Care’s housing, care and support models which will consolidate Praxis Care’s position as a leader in its areas of work.”
Brundle went on to say that the Board is delighted to confirm that Andy Mayhew has been appointed as the new CEO for Praxis Care. Mayhew had previously been a Director of Care for the charity over a 10 year period and will now oversee the major growth plans which are well underway.
Mayhew says: “I am delighted and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead, what I believe to be, a superb organisation with exceptional values.
“I would like to pay tribute to Nevin’s achievement in building Praxis Care from nothing, to be in such a strong position today. I think we as an organisation are so well placed to achieve our mission, which is to help as many people as possible benefit from our support and lead fulfilling lives.
“Nevin’s leaving is a big loss for Praxis Care, however, our mission remains the same, our strategic direction is unchanged, and above all, the Praxis Care values are enduring.”
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