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Change in the air at Inverness charity The Oxygen Works as chairman steps down after 10 years

By Alasdair Fraser

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Dan Jenkins, Helen Lavery and Mark Georgeson of The Oxygen Works
Dan Jenkins, Helen Lavery and Mark Georgeson of The Oxygen Works

An influential figure at an Inverness-based charity serving people with neurological and complex health conditions is stepping down from his leadership role after a decade of dedicated service.

Dan Jenkins, who joined the management team of The Oxygen Works in 2012 and became chairman in 2014, is passing the baton to Mark Georgeson but will continue to serve on the board.

During his tenure, Mr Jenkins is said to have been instrumental in shaping the vision and strategy of the charity, greatly enhancing its services and expanding its reach within the community.

His experience and leadership proved especially valuable in steering the organisation through the challenges of the Covid pandemic and a major flood in 2021 that closed the centre for nine months.

Mr Georgeson, who joined the board in February 2020, steps up from the role of vice-chairman, ensuring a seamless transition.

Helen Lavery, a regional partner at Zero Waste Scotland who joined the board in November 2019, becomes vice-chairwoman having previously been involved with The Oxygen Works in her past role as senior project manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Leigh-Ann Little, CEO of The Oxygen Works, said: "We extend our heartfelt thanks to Dan Jenkins for his exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication over the past 10 years.

“His contributions have been invaluable and we are grateful for his continued presence on the board.

"We also warmly welcome Mark Georgeson to his new role as chairman and Helen Lavery as vice-chairwoman. We are confident that under their guidance, The Oxygen Works will continue to flourish and provide transformative support to those in need."

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