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Quarriers Chief Executive announces plans to stand down in 2020

Alice Harper, CEO of leading Scottish health and social care charity Quarriers, has announced she is to step down after over seven years at the helm of the organisation.

After joining Quarriers in 2012 as Service Director/Deputy CEO, Alice took over as CEO and has been instrumental in driving forward the organisation which provides practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families.

This has included overseeing the world-renowned William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre, the only independent hospital in Scotland and only one of two in the UK, which provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for those with complex epilepsy. The Centre has achieved 5-star EFQM Recognition for Excellence status with Quality Scotland.

Alice also led Quarriers to become a PLATINUM-certified member of Investors in People, one of the first health and social care charities in Scotland to achieve this status which put Quarriers amongst 0.005% of companies in the UK to enjoy this accolade.

Photograph credit: Christian Cooksey/Quarriers

Additionally, Alice oversaw Quarriers become a Living Wage Employer which ensured that over 1,000 workers, regardless of whether they were direct employees or third-party contracted staff, received a minimum hourly wage, significantly higher than the statutory minimum.

Quarriers regulated services are rated 97% good or above by the regulators, Care Inspectorate and Health Improvement Scotland, a figure Alice is hugely proud of.

Alice will step down from her role in April next year and she is proud of her work, helping the people Quarriers supports to realise their full potential.

Alice said:

“I have found my role as CEO of Quarriers hugely rewarding and it has been both a pleasure and a privilege to lead this organisation for the past seven years. I am proud of our achievements and have been lucky to have worked with such a great team of staff and a Board of Trustees who are passionate and committed to the mission of Quarriers.”

Tom Scholes, chairperson of Quarriers said:

“On behalf of the Board, we’d like to thank Alice for her years of hard work, dedication and commitment to Quarriers. Over her seven years as CEO she has spearheaded a number of key developments and proactive initiatives to take forward the organisation and to further improve our services to those who face extremely challenging circumstances.”

Alice will officially step down as CEO of Quarriers in early April 2020 and will support the Board with the recruitment process for her successor.