The British Geriatrics Society appoints new Chief Executive Sarah Mistry

20 November 2018
Sarah Mistry

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) has appointed Sarah Mistry as its new Chief Executive from February 2019. Sarah Mistry will succeed Colin Nee who announced his retirement from the BGS earlier this year, effective as of the end of January 2019.

The BGS is the only Society in the UK offering specialist expertise in the wide range of healthcare needs of older people. The Society has over 3,800 members worldwide including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and researchers who share a particular interest in the care of older people.

Sarah Mistry will leave her position at Bond, the UK network of NGOs working in international development, in late January. She joined Bond initially as Director of Effectiveness and Learning, and then as Director of Programmes and Partnerships. Sarah led a major four-year programme, funded by the Department for International Development, designed to improve the effectiveness of civil society organisations and to rethink their purpose and strategy. The programme has made a lasting contribution to strengthening the NGO sector and to the value Bond delivered as a network. Sarah led the process of developing Bond's Strategy 2016-21 and has led on a wide range of cross-cutting policy initiatives, bringing together government, the private sector, funders, academics and civil society. Sarah has represented the UK NGO network at many global fora and is currently leading Bond’s coordination of the NGO sector’s safeguarding response. She is on the board of the Scottish Power Foundation, the Council of the Development Studies Association and the Advisory Board for the Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Professor Tahir Masud, President of the British Geriatrics Society, commented:

“The Society owes a huge debt of gratitude to Colin Nee for his masterly work in steering the Society so effectively and with such diplomacy and skill over the last five years and he will be missed enormously. In light of Colin’s retirement I am delighted to announce that Sarah Mistry will be joining us. Her appointment marks an exciting next phase in the development of the Society. She will help us to influence policy makers regarding the complex health and social care needs of older people, and to create new partnerships with like-minded organisations within the health, social care and charity sectors. Sarah brings an exceptional track record within the not-for-profit sector, both internationally and nationally, having held senior positions with the Big Lottery Fund and Bond.”