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Phil Gray announces his retirement plan

5 July 2013 - 10:22am

After more than 15 years as CSP chief executive, Phil Gray is to retire at the end of January 2014.

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CSP chief executive Phil Gray: 'I have achieved what I set out to do at the CSP, leaving it united, successful and in a very strong position for the future'

In a letter announcing his retirement plans to staff and Council members on 27 June, Mr Gray said he was ‘very proud’ that the CSP was a very successful, growing and financially stable organisation. The society is ‘very well regarded’ by its 51,000 members and 150 employees, he wrote.

‘I have achieved what I set out to do at the CSP, leaving it united, successful and in a very strong position for the future.

‘It also has an excellent, positive, external profile among health decision makers, partner organisations and the public.

‘The CSP – and the UK physiotherapy profession – has grown by more members in the last 15 years than it did in the previous 50.

‘Working with a very talented CSP staff and elected representatives, we have been able to raise the public profile, influence, self-confidence and rewards of the profession, delivering high standards of patient care and in growing demand across all sectors.

‘I have decided that it is time for me to hand over the CSP staff leadership to my successor ... whoever that turns out to be,’ he said.

Before becoming chief executive, Mr Gray previously worked for the CSP as director of industrial relations for 12 years, helping to set up the CSP as a union (plus the stewards and safety reps) from scratch.

He then became a director at the Royal College of Nursing for almost nine years, running its trade union services before returning to the CSP as chief executive.

CSP chair of Council Dr Helena Johnson said: ‘I will be very sorry to see Phil retire because he has done an amazing job over the last 15 years as a strong, but also very approachable, chief executive officer.

‘All the chairs of Council who have worked with him will join with me in thanking him for his hard work on behalf of the society.’

The post of CSP chief executive will be advertised nationally in the next couple of weeks, with interviews taking place in early September.

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