Roy O’Shaughnessy to leave Shaw Trust

Roy, Shaw Trust’s chief executive since 2012, will step down at the end of the year.


Shaw Trust has today (12 June) announced that its chief executive, Roy O’Shaughnessy, will step down later in the year.

Over the past six years Roy has been a popular, relatable and visionary figurehead for the charity. Since joining Shaw Trust in 2012 following its merger with Careers Development Group, where he was also chief executive, he has overseen the creation of Shaw Education Trust and more recently the expansion of the Shaw Trust Group in a move designed to position the organisation to help to transform the lives of one million young people and adults each year by 2022.

He has steered Shaw Trust through a period of transition to become one of the largest 25 charities in the UK, with 3,500 staff and 1,000 volunteers delivering a diverse range of programmes and services.

In an email to staff on Monday (11 June), Roy said it would be difficult to leave the organisation after six years at the helm and cited family reasons and the need for a new challenge, admitting: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly.”

“I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved together at Shaw Trust”, Roy said. “From delighting our commissioners through our excellent delivery of frontline services such as Work Choice, Live Well Kent and the new Work and Health Programme, to setting up Shaw Education Trust and welcoming Prospects, Ixion, the Disabled Living Foundation and Forth Sector into our group, I have enjoyed working with our colleagues to help transform the lives of the people we support.”

Roy has accepted a role of chief executive of the Capital City College Group, which he will join later in the year. Long-serving trustee John Norman has been appointed to lead the search for a replacement in due course.


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Roy O’Shaughnessy – Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Trust

Chief Executive Officer, Roy O'Shaughnessy, joined Shaw Trust in 2012, after a merger with London based charity Careers Development Group – of which he was also chief executive. Since then, Roy has been dedicated to ensuring Shaw Trust achieves its ambition of transforming the lives of over one million young people and adults a year from 2022 by increasing the scale and impact of Shaw Trust’s work. Recently, this has led to Ixion and Prospects joining the Shaw Trust Group.

Roy is passionate about the charity sector, having worked in charities and voluntary sector organisations for all of his forty-year career. Prior to Careers Development Group, Roy was development director at the St Christopher’s Fellowship, and was the chief executive of the Episcopal Charities for the Episcopal Diocese of California.

Roy’s ability to drive transformational change in organisations is highly sought after, resulting in him sitting on many boards. This includes working at an international level as the vice-president of Rehabilitation International’s Europe branch, acting as the chair of Yateley Industries, and supporting his local community as a school governor and parish councillor