Langdon chief executive to step down after 33 years in social care

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Langdon chief executive to step down after 33 years in social care

Neil Taylor leaves his role after five years with Langdon to devote time to his family

Neil Taylor, Langdon Chief Executive
Neil Taylor, Langdon Chief Executive

The chief executive of a charity for young people and adults with learning disabilities is stepping down. 

After serving Langdon for nearly five years, Neil Taylor’s departure at the end of March will enable him to spend more time supporting his daughter, who has special needs.

He has been Instrumental in discussions over a possible partnership between Langdon and fellow learning disability charity Kisharon. “I am confident that the intention to merge is the right thing for our members and the community,” he said. “I have very much appreciated the many loyal and engaged donors who are so respectful of Langdon and its expertise in social care. I hope they will go on to support the charity for many years.”

A spokesperson for Langdon told Jewish News: “Neil is not retiring. His decision to leave has no bearing on the merger and was a personal decision made some time ago having worked in the Jewish community and within social care for 33 years. There are plans to appoint a new CEO of either a merged organisation as is hoped for, or for Langdon should the merger not take place; it is envisaged that there will be a role for Neil in a consultancy capacity in support of the incoming CEO.”

As previously reported by this newspaper, the two charities have been holding ‘listening exercises’ since November 2022 when they issued a joint statement of intent.

Langdon offers supported living, education, employment support and social activities for hundreds of people across the UK with learning disabilities and autism.

Chairman Nigel Henry said: “I am truly sad to see Neil stand down as chief executive of Langdon and he will be sorely missed by the trustees, staff, members  and families, that have grown to know him. He has led with warmth, integrity and humour and his professionalism and dedication to serving the community has had a profound impact on the organisation. It has been a privilege working with him.”

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