We are delighted to announce that after 25 years of serving as Chairman of Cosgrove, John Dover is to take up the position of Cosgrove Care’s Honorary Life President.  John will remain as a director and involved with Cosgrove in particular supervising and advising on our investments.

John has been involved with Cosgrove since 1990 has overseen progress to today’s multi-facetted organisation supporting over 150 people of all faiths living well beyond its original Glasgow constituency.

Following his appointment in 1990, recognising that Cosgrove had outgrown its original premises at St John’s Road, Pollokshields, John oversaw the acquisition of the Arnside Avenue property and the transfer of clients. At the same time John was a key player in raising the considerable amount required to build the premises at May Terrace for Cosgrove and Jewish Care Scotland where we are located today. This allowed Cosgrove to expand both its range of services and the number of people it supported. Also around this time, John was instrumental in introducing a more professional management structure to Cosgrove, and in 1995, appointed Cosgrove’s first Chief Executive.

During John’s Chairmanship, Cosgrove has grown beyond providing Day Care and Residential Accommodation to adults with learning difficulties and now encompasses Children’s Services, Supported Employment and 2 (soon to be 3) Charity Shops. In addition, Cosgrove delivers play schemes, short breaks and adult and children’s outreach services. This is directly attributable to John and the Board’s strategic vision.  John – with his strong financial background - has also overseen financial prudence, which allowed Cosgrove to acquire residential accommodation at Burnfield Road and Dalmeny Road as well as building up strong financial reserves in part from donations resulting from John’s personal promptings. These reserves have provided a huge source of security, particularly in recent years when charities of our size have been so challenged by the impact of Public Sector cut-backs and the laudable increases in the living wage to meet legislative requirements.

Cosgrove would simply not be the organisation it is without John Dover’s long involvement and we all have a great deal to thank him for. John has greatly assisted Heather Gray, the new CE into her position, providing history, context and advice that is so relevant in developing our future strategy.

I know that John will continue to support Cosgrove from his new and elevated position and we are very grateful for his ongoing commitment.

On a personal level John has been a pleasure to work with as co-chair over the last few years and I have learnt an immense amount from him as well as enjoying vigorous debate, yet without one cross word. I look forward to many years of continuing friendship and co-operation.

It is with great pleasure and pride that I propose John very deservedly as our honorary life president.  All those present agreed and Mr Joh Dover was formally confirmed as Honorary Life President of Cosgrove Care.

John responded by saying: “Very appreciative of this honour, it has been a wonderful time, very grateful and thank you very much.”