Carol Pearson, who has served as Chief Executive at Surrey Coalition of Disabled People since 2007 when she helped change its structure and its name from Surrey Users Network, has announced she will retire by March 2019. 

Before her involvement with user-led organisations supporting disabled people, Carol spent most of her earlier career in senior management roles within the NHS. Carol knows first-hand what effect developing an impairment or disability can have.

 “I worked in the NHS for 27 years until a deteriorating visual impairment meant I could no longer drive or read very easily,” said Carol.

“This affected my self-confidence so I decided to give up my NHS career. However I was then extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with Surrey Coalition which helped me regain my confidence and has proved to be one of the most interesting and stimulating periods of my working life. I feel very privileged to have worked with so many enthusiastic and dedicated disabled people who have together done so much to improve the lives of others in Surrey.”

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People is the voice of disabled people in Surrey and is the central point for engagement between disabled people and all public bodies in the county. This ensures the involvement of disabled people in the co-production of strategies and services affecting their lives.

The person who takes over the role of CEO will need to have proven senior management and operational experience, an understanding of the barriers which disabled people face in their everyday lives, and a belief in the importance of involvement in ensuring that the social model of disability underpins delivery of all public and other services.

If that sounds like you and you would like to be considered for the role please go to