Ann Loughrey, who was instrumental in setting up the ScottishPower Foundation and led all charitable work for the energy company, has taken up a new post as commercial business manager at The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.
A board member until she took up the post, Ann’s appointment marks the hospice’s focus on identifying, growing and strengthening current and new business relationships as it gets ready to move to a new purpose-built facility in Bellahouston Park next spring.
“I am really delighted to be working with the hospice at this exciting time. With the new building opening next year I will be looking at the potential to provide new goods and services that support the hospice,” said Ann.
“Charities are facing an increasingly challenging time and work in an often complex and competitive environment. I believe that by drawing from my experience of working in the private, public and voluntary sectors, I will be able to look at new ways people can support us."
Key areas Ann will look at initially include commercialising the hospice’s education programmes, utilising education and event space in the new hospice to generate income and growing the sale of new goods online and with local businesses.
“We are delighted to welcome Ann to the team. She was a highly valued board member and her skills will now help take the hospice forward at such a pivotal and exciting time in its development,” said Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice.
A specialist in corporate social responsibility, charitable fundraising, communications and PR, Ann was head of corporate social responsibility at ScottishPower where she was involved in establishing the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, the fuel poverty charity which has helped almost 1.7million people.
Ann also established the ScottishPower Foundation where she was executive officer and trustee. ScottishPower Energy People Trust and ScottishPower Foundation have contributed almost £25m to local communities throughout Britain.
Previously Ann was director at Energy Action Scotland, playing a prominent role in leading the campaign to end fuel poverty in Scotland. She has more than 20 years’ experience in designing and promoting energy efficiency programmes and community businesses, resulting in hundreds of local employment opportunities.