New CEO Appointment

New CEO Appointment for DSUK

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Mark Kelvin.  Mark joins DSUK from the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, a member organisation that works towards a Scotland where disabled people have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well, as equal and active citizens, free from discrimination, with support and services that put them at the centre. Alongside his role at the Alliance, Mark is Chair of the Board at Pinkston Watersports, a social enterprise that aims to increase participation in watersports by removing the barriers that different communities face to access. 

Throughout a thorough search process, the board were impressed by Mark’s unrivalled passion for making snowsport accessible for all. Mark is a proven and valued leader and his skills and experience of developing and delivering innovative services in the third sector, alongside his experience of working in the public sector, will drive our new strategy and enable us to get even more disabled people on the snow.

Claire Pimm, Chair of the Board of DSUK is particularly excited at the timing of the appointment. “Mark joins DSUK at a very exciting time. After over thirty years of growing the organisation to what we are today, our current award-winning CEO Fiona Young will be stepping down". 
 
“Mark will lead on the development and delivery of our new strategy that will see an increased presence in local communities across the UK. Mark is very excited to work with our members and volunteers in producing our new strategy that will ensure that the joys and benefits of snowsports are available to all. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Fiona all the very best for her future and we know that she’ll remain a huge supporter”.  

Mark says "I’m thrilled to join DSUK, the role brings together my enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits and my passion for enabling others to overcome inequality".
 
"There’s simply no other feeling like the excitement, exhilaration, and sense of freedom that come with participating in snow sports. Not to mention the social inclusion, friendships, confidence, and health benefits. Unfortunately when people are born with or acquire a disability, it’s easy to believe that opportunities such as snow sports are no longer available to you. Disability Snowsport UK has a forty-year record of proving otherwise. No matter who you are or whatever disability you have, if you want to be on the snow we can help you".
 
The board would like to take this opportunity again to thank Fiona for her dedication, passion, and ambition over the last thirty years. Fiona’s commitment has enabled so many people to benefit from snowsport, who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to do so, and we’re confident that Mark will continue to build on Fiona’s outstanding legacy.
 
Fiona will be greatly missed and I’m sure all staff and members will join the board in wishing Fiona all the best for the future and welcome Mark to our incredible organisation.