Grampian Autistic Society welcomes first ever CEO
Grampian Autistic Society (GAS) has announced the appointment of Billy Alexander as the first Chief Executive Officer for the charity.
“Billy’s appointment is a clear reflection of the charity’s growth plans and its ambitions to expand its provision into rural Aberdeenshire”, explained Margaret Hodder, GAS Chairperson.
“We are delighted to welcome Billy as our CEO and are confident his experience, skills and passion will equip him well for leading our charity forward and realising our ambitious expansion plans.”
With more than 15 years’ experience in the Third Sector along with his skills in collaborative and partnership working, Billy is a dedicated advocate for equality, respect and love for all Care Experienced people.
He said: “I am delighted to be appointed the first Chief Executive Officer of Grampian Autistic Society.
“It is a privilege to join such a vital organisation and I look forward to working with such a committed team to provide the highest quality support to those with autism and their families. Thanks to the Board and dedicated team, there is a solid foundation upon which to build, and I look forward to doing just that. Seeing my nephew who has autism, grow into a kind and tenacious young man and overcoming a range of societal barriers, had a strong influence on me and sharpened my ambition to work with GAS.
“There are clear gaps in funding and support which, together with a lack of understanding of autism generally, create a difficult environment in which to grow and prosper. Individuals of all ages with autism and their families continue to face challenges and barriers in their everyday life, and regularly experience the iniquities of inequality and judgement prevalent across Scotland.
"With the call for a new role of Commissioner to champion the rights of people with autism and learning disabilities, I believe that this is the time for Grampian Autistic Society to empower individuals and their families to be front and centre in the campaign to ensure that they receive the crucial support needed, that they shape the new services to come and that they are able to realise their rights and their status as equal citizens.”