Tom Scott (CEO) to leave SBHI at the end of April 2021

Tom Scott (CEO) to leave SBHI at the end of April 2021

Tom Scott, who has served as CEO of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI) since July 2015, will be leaving the organisation at the end of April 2021.

After almost six years of service, Tom is choosing to move on, leaving behind an organisation which has made huge progress in this period.

Reflecting on this, Tom shared the following:

‘Working as the CEO of SBHI over the last few years has been hugely challenging and very rewarding. As part of a professional team of staff which is backed by very dedicated volunteers, we have built on the long-term legacy of SBHI and achieved a great deal since 2015.

‘We have overhauled all of the systems required to run a successful non-profit company, and this included the introduction of a new constitution, significant policy development for ongoing governance compliance, and SORP compliant financial reporting.

‘There have been many highlights along the way – winning the National Lottery Good Causes Award, seeing Shane Finn complete 24 marathons in 24 days and raising €142k, spending time with service users and members at SHINE camps, events and conferences, the success of the Packie Bonner Golf Classic year on year, and securing really significant grants for essential projects, all stand out for me.

‘However, I am always very mindful that all of this success is channelled towards one aim, and that is to serve everyone in Ireland living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. The staff of SBHI work day in, day out to ensure that we are realising this ambition, and it has been a pleasure to work alongside everyone involved.

‘Likewise, the volunteers who give their time on the Board, on Branch committees, at NEC meetings, and those who step up every year to enable our respite and events to go ahead, should be commended for the sacrifice they make in order to make SBHI what it is today.

‘It will be very difficult to leave such a strong organisation, however the time has come for me to invest myself in my next venture, which at this stage is unknown. I will be working a three-month notice period to the end of April, so there is plenty of time to catch up with everyone before I leave.’

The SBHI Board acknowledges all of the hard work Tom has brought in his leadership as CEO, and the Trustees wish him all the very best in the next chapter of his career.