National Autistic Society appoints ex-WRVS head as chief executive

The National Autistic Society has appointed a new chief executive after current incumbent Vernon Beauchamp announced he would be leaving the charity in March.

Mark Lever, previously chief executive of charity WRVS, which provides services to lonely and isolated people, will join NAS next month. “Autism is a fascinating and much misunderstood condition and the pressures are immense,” he said. “There are also great opportunities right now for the NAS to move things forward.”

Lever spent 12 years at WRVS, rising from director of training to chief executive in 2002. He will be responsible for 2,500 staff employed by NAS, along with 1,000 volunteers. The charity has 61 branches across the UK.

Outgoing chief executive Beauchamp, who joined NAS in 2002, was responsible for a major reorganisation of NAS by establishing a regional structure.

Former General Social Care Council chief executive Lynne Berry was appointed chief executive of WRVS last summer.

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