Our Chair, Bill Wright, and outgoing CEO, Dan Farthing, have released statements announcing Dan’s departure from our organisation at the end of this month.
Bill Wright, Chair, Board of Trustees
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Haemophilia Scotland (SC044298) I am announcing today that our CEO, Dan Farthing, is stepping down to pursue other opportunities. He will leave with our best wishes at the end of October. Dan has been an integral part of our charity since its inception in 2012. Over this time Dan has been a pivotal influence on all aspects of our community from patient advocacy, government liaison and both the Penrose and current Infected Blood Inquiry Blood Inquiry. We wouldn’t be in the position we are today without his hand at the helm, and we thank him profusely for all that he has done during his tenure.
Dan leaves us to take up a senior position at another Scottish health charity and the Board wish him well in his new role.
As we work in the background to find a suitable replacement for Dan, the Board of Trustees would like to announce the promotion of Alex Whitteker to the position of Operations Manager. Alex has been with Haemophilia Scotland for 4 years as our Engagement Officer and will be taking up his new role at the end of October and many of Dan’s responsibilities in the interim. Board members will also take on some additional operational tasks in the short term.
I hope you will join myself and the Board of Trustees in congratulating both Dan and Alex in their new roles.”
The below is a statement from our outgoing CEO, Dan Farthing, on his departure.
“The bleeding disorders community and Haemophilia Scotland has been a huge part of my life. I’ve been with Haemophilia Scotland from shortly after the charity was formed. It’s been a huge honour to work with so many families, volunteers, trustees, and staff members over those years. I’ve had amazing support from the Scottish Haemophilia Centres, pharmaceutical companies, our friends in the Scottish Inherited Bleeding Disorders Network, and so many others who have helped me along the way. We are a small charity which often feels more like a big family. However, after almost 8 years at Haemophilia Scotland, and 7 years in the community before that, the time has come for me to take up new challenges.
“It’s an exciting time for bleeding disorders in Scotland. There are more options for treatment than ever, and gene therapy will be with us soon. The Infected Blood Inquiry hearings will soon give way to a report and, hopefully, significant recommendations. COVID has also shown there are new opportunities for supporting people who are isolated by geography, limited mobility, caring responsibilities, or stigma. The Haemophilia Scotland board of trustees are working on a new strategy too which will give whoever comes into the team in the office a lot of interesting work to get stuck into.
“I’ve made so many friends in the community and I’m hoping many people will want to stay in touch. I wish everyone the best of luck for the future but I’m sure Haemophilia Scotland will go from strength to strength.”