Mark Atkinson

Mark Atkinson

Chief Executive, Scope

Campaigning to make the UK a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else is Mark Atkinson, chief executive of Scope.

The well-known charity has undergone a significant transformation under his leadership. For more than 20 years it struggled to balance the demands of being both a social care provider and advocacy organisation, but Mark – who joined as chief executive in 2015 – made the pivotal decision to divest from Scope’s adult care homes to focus on advocacy.

The move allowed the charity to re-evaluate its purpose, with the funds raised from the sale of the care homes being re-invested in social entrepreneurs, advocacy and campaigning.

Under Mark’s stewardship, Scope can now focus on relentlessly pursuing everyday equality for disabled people.

Mark has a distinguished career with not-for-profit organisations, including Citizens Advice, Youth Sport Trust and Ambitious about Autism. He has also worked for the Local Government Association and is a Trustee of Prisoners Abroad, a human rights organisation and welfare charity that provides humanitarian aid, expert advice and emotional support to UK citizens arrested and imprisoned abroad.

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Mark Atkinson
Chief Executive, Scope

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