United Response CEO Tim Cooper to chair VODG

Tim Cooper, United Response chief executive

The chief executive of United Response Tim Cooper has been appointed chair of the Voluntary Organisation Disability Group (VODG).

He has replaced chief executive of Dimensions Steve Scown, who has decided step down after eight years as trustee and five as chair of VODG with immediate effect.

Scown said: ‘I’m very proud of how far we’ve come in growing an incredibly impactful organisation that delivers such value to its membership.

‘Tim has been part of that journey and I have no doubt that he will continue to take the organisation from strength to strength. He is an inspiring leader who is committed to VODG’s vision and to driving change within the disability sector. I look forward to seeing how the charity continues to flourish in the years to come.’

Cooper has been the CEO of United Response since 2015 and a VODG trustee for three years. During his career he has worked in senior roles across social care, supported housing, employment and skills as well as advising government ministers on disability strategy.

He said: ‘I am a passionate believer in harnessing the power of collaboration between providers and I believe VODG plays a unique role in facilitating and strengthening this coming together of organisations for the greater good, as well as celebrating the achievements of a diverse voluntary sector.

‘Steve has been an inspirational chair for the past five years and VODG has benefitted from his wisdom and expertise. His support has invaluably helped VODG create a strong foundation for the future. I and fellow trustees look forward to working with the executive team in continuing his good work.’

VODG is the national body representing organisations within the voluntary sector who work alongside disabled people. Its board of trustees comprises VODG member CEOs and senior leaders.