Motability, the charity which provides a ‘road to freedom’ for disabled people and their families through the Motability Scheme throughout the United Kingdom, are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Atkinson CBE to the role of Director, effective from 21 May 2018. Paul Atkinson was appointed following an open recruitment and selection process undertaken by the Governors of Motability. He succeeds the current Director, Declan O’Mahony, who decided in 2017 to step down following 16 years of dedicated service to Motability.
Paul Atkinson joins Motability following a very successful and varied career in the Royal Air Force where he was a senior Air Battlespace Manager. Paul achieved the rank of Group Captain and was sent on 15 diverse tours of duty, four overseas (including German Air Force Exchange), and six operational deployments including Afghanistan, the Falklands and Belize. He commanded the Royal Air Force Air Surveillance and Control Force responsible for national and NATO early warning and air defence. He has a strong track record of achievement whilst motivating large and diverse teams to achieve sustained success.
Chairman and co-founder of Motability, Lord Sterling, said: “The Governors and I would like to thank Declan for his excellent contribution in delivering Motability’s strategic objectives over the past 16 years and we wish him and his family well for future years. We look forward to Paul Atkinson bringing his own particular skills to the role and working with us to drive Motability even further forward, in order to transform and enhance the lives of disabled people and their families”.