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Catherine McLeod MBE

Chief Executive, Dingley's Promise

Catherine has spent her whole career working towards equity for people with disabilities, and is passionate about inclusion wherever it is possible. In 2005 she founded the charity ECSAT in Sri Lanka that supports children with disabilities, building inclusion and alternatives to institutionalisation. As a result, she was awarded an MBE in 2011, and the Order of Malta Medal for tsunami response work.


During that time she was also a visiting lecturer at the University of Kelaniya on Disability Studies, a social inclusion consultant at VSO, and country lead for Challenges Worldwide, coordinating placements for business volunteers.

On her return to the UK in 2011, she trained in project management and lead Basingstoke Mencap before securing her role as CEO of Dingley’s Promise where she has been since 2015. Catherine has driven the growth and development of the charity, doubling its income and moving it from a local charity to a national voice for children with SEND in the early years.


Catherine has a Level 7 in Leadership and Management and is a mentor for the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO). She is a Trustee of the British Sri Lankan Association and Charity Mentors Berkshire.

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