Being a CEO

So just what exactly does a Chief Executive do?

Looking through my diary this week I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to sum it up is that it’s a balancing act! 

Essentially, or in Leuchie’s case anyway, it’s about juggling both internal and external priorities to keep driving our charity forward.

Internally, at the moment my diary is full of meetings with our management team and board members to finalise budgets and make sure everything is on track for 2018, as well as working on our plans for the next three and five years. We’ve currently got some exciting work under way looking at the future of Leuchie and ways we can support even more people to access the services we offer.

As much as I love that side of my role, getting out and about is just as vital to Leuchie’s ongoing growth and development as being behind my desk.

It’s about building connections, raising Leuchie’s profile, influencing policy, and being in the frame for funding opportunities, which all adds a fascinating mix of engagements to my diary.

As I write, my schedule for the day ahead is a case in point.  Firstly I’m speaking at a conference on palliative care which will allow me to raise the flag for the support needs of people living with long term conditions. Directly after that I’ve been invited to take part in a Labour Party health and social care workforce planning event. That will give me the chance to put across our views on what’s needed to ensure Scotland’s has a strong nursing and care workforce in the future.  Then it’s on to Galashiels to give a presentation to the local Rotary Club, a great place to build support for Leuchie and make sure local people who need our services know we’re there.

With trips to the capital for evening functions and parliamentary events as important to Leuchie’s success as budget planning and strategy development back at the House, it’s all in a day’s work.  Or to paraphrase a well-worn football analogy, it’s very much a job of two halves!

Mairi O'Keefe, Chief Executive, Leuchie House. Published in the East Lothian Courier on 15 February 2018.