Versus Arthritis chief executive to chair Richmond Group

Liam O'Toole in the London office.

We are thrilled to announce that Liam O’Toole, our chief executive officer, will become the new Chair of the Richmond Group of Charities from September. Liam is taking over from Chris Askew, who’s two-year term in the post has come to an end.

Liam said of his appointment, “I’m delighted to become Chair of the Richmond Group. Our 14 organisations have been working collaboratively for a number of years to improve the health and wellbeing of people with long term and many long term conditions, including making sure that health and care services provide the support that is needed.

“We will continue to make the case for ensuring that our beneficiaries are able to access support and care.

“But we will also hold up a mirror to ourselves, and think about how we, too, as a collection of 14 national organisations with many local connections, can also work together differently.

“Collaboration will remain at the heart of our activities."

"I believe there remain many opportunities – not least through the NHS Long Term Plan – for us to work together to improve people with long term and many long term conditions’ health and wellbeing.”

Some recent achievements from the Richmond Group include new partnerships with the Royal College of General Practitioners, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity via the ‘Taskforce on Multiple Conditions’. This enabled the Group to collectively highlight the lived experience of people who have multiple conditions and the changes needed by health and care systems.

The Group have also recently collaborated with Sport England on the current ‘We are Undefeatable’ campaign to promote the benefits of exercise for people with long term conditions.

The Richmond Group of Charities includes Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Asthma UK, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, British Red Cross, Diabetes UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal Voluntary Service, Stroke Association and Versus Arthritis.