Joe Connolly Announces his Retirement

26th August 2019

Ypeople CEO Joe Connolly has announced he is to retire at the end of 2019.

Joe has held the role of CEO for 12 years at the charity and has been a tireless champion of the work that we do to end homeless and to support young people.

He will retire in December bringing to an end a career of more than 40 years in social work and social care which has included a variety of roles with Strathclyde Regional Council and NHC now known as Action for Children.  One of Joe’s significant past achievements was setting up the first alternative to custody project in Scotland for 16 – 25 year olds covering the whole of Renfrewshire.

Joe said: “In my time at Ypeople, the organisation has experienced significant change which has led to it becoming one of the leading social care charities in Scotland.

“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have led Ypeople during this period and to have worked with so many wonderful people.  The commitment and quality of our staff is key to the success of our work which is ultimately about helping to make life better for the people who use our services.

“I’m extremely proud that that the high standard of those services was recognised recently with the Good Practice Award from Quality Scotland and the EFQM Award of Recognised for Excellence 5 Star.”

The recruitment process to identify a new CEO is already under way and an announcement will be made in the coming months.

Ypeople wouldn’t be where we are today without having Joe’s expertise and experience driving the charity forward, we are sad to say goodbye but will keep looking forward to creating lasting positive change in this new chapter.

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