New Interim Chief Executive appointed to lead Hft

Hft, the national learning disabilities charity, has appointed Steve White as its Interim Chief Executive for the next six months.

Steve joins Hft as an experienced business leader to steer the charity through a transition period between CEOs. He will be responsible for developing and driving through Hft’s current change programme of transformation projects. This will include leading on the implementation of ‘Fusion Biz’, Hft’s business model which is designed to deliver successful commercial and financial performance across all aspects of the charity’s operations.

During his extensive career spanning more than 20 years, Steve has held a number of executive and non-executive roles across commercial and not-for-profit sectors, often in regulated, complex and politically challenging environments. He joins having previously held interim CEO positions at The Papworth Trust and Habinteg, where he helped these organisations develop and implement sustainable services. Steve is also chair of Moat, a large Housing Association.

New Interim Chief Executive appointed to lead Hft

Steve, who will be based in the charities head office in Emersons Green, Bristol, said:

“I am delighted to be joining Hft. I look forward to working with the trustees, staff and the people we support over coming months, to drive forward positive change that will ensure the charity is able to continue supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible.”

Steve takes over as Interim CEO after the departure of Hft’s former CEO, Robert Longley-Cook in August. Robert led the organisation for nine years during which time he established Hft’s Fusion Model of Support, carried out a successful merger, and led a sector-wide campaign on the issue of ‘sleep-ins’.