Derrick MacAllister and Alastair Dewar

Derrick MacAllister and Alastair Dewar

Alastair Dewar has stepped into the role of Chairman of Hansel Alliance, the local third sector organisation delivering support for people in Ayrshire living with learning difficulties and autism.

Alastair, who works for The Royal Bank of Scotland and lives in Ayr, has been a Non-Executive Director of the parent charity Hansel Foundation since 2014.  He has a close relationship with the organisation as a family member is a Hansel customer and he therefore has a unique insight into both sides of the support relationship.

Commenting on his appointment Alastair said:

“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to be involved with Hansel. The organisation and the projects it supports make a huge difference to individuals and families in this area.

“I hope my own expertise and experience can help enhance the work we do and help others who could benefit from the specialist skills and care Hansel and its services can offer.”

Alastair succeeds Derrick MacAllister, who has been in post since 1998, and continues to serve as a Director with the charity.  A retired Divisional Commander with Strathclyde Police, Derrick has been a Board Member and Trustee since 1992.

He said, “Alastair’s skills and talents have already proved invaluable to Hansel and I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this governance role at a time when social care across the UK faces challenging times.  We will always work tirelessly to represent our customers and ensure our services deliver to their needs.”

Hansel Alliance employs over 450 staff and delivers a range of support services to around 600 customers throughout Ayrshire including small group living accommodation and supported living, short breaks, respite care, employment opportunities and transition support services.  Hansel Alliance reports to the Board of the Hansel Foundation, the parent charitable company responsible for the strategy and direction of the Group.

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