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Rami Okasha

Rami is the Chief Executive Officer of CHAS.

Rami took up the role of CEO in February 2020. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the organisation, and for ensuring that CHAS fulfils its legal and service responsibilities.

Rami Okasha was appointed Chief Executive of CHAS in September 2019 and formally took up the role February 2020. As Chief Executive Rami is responsible for providing strategic leadership of the organisation, and for ensuring that CHAS meets its statutory and service obligations. In his role as Chief Executive, Rami places a particular emphasis on the continued delivery of high-quality specialist palliative care, service transformation and developing a positive workplace culture. Rami heads the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and works closely with the CHAS Board of Trustees in fulfilling CHAS’s charitable mission. Rami is responsible for an annual income of over £17m and leads and collaborates with a team of over 360 staff and more than 700 volunteers. Rami is dedicated to close partnership working, consolidating excellence across the organisation, developing the CHAS team and most importantly, ensuring care remains outstanding for children and families.

Prior to taking up the role of Chief Executive, Rami was Director of Transformation and Innovation at CHAS. In this role, Rami successfully led the development of CHAS's new strategy Reaching Every Family 2020-2023 which includes ambitious plans to continue CHAS's mission to reach every family in Scotland through developing its people, growing the organisation and influencing its partners.

Before joining CHAS, Rami was Executive Director of Strategy and Improvement at the Care Inspectorate, Scotland's largest scrutiny and improvement body. There, he was responsible for leading the Care Inspectorate's improvement support activities across the care sector, and directed approaches to scrutiny methodology, intelligence, organisational development, corporate reporting, involving people who experience care in decisions, communications and policy development. He co-led the development of Scotland's Health and Social Care Standards, working with people who use and provide care to ensure these are outcomes-focused, based on human rights and wellbeing, and person-led. Rami also chaired the Scottish Government’s reporting and monitoring group for implementing the duty of candour across health and social services.

In May 2022, Rami was appointed as Chair of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC), a collaborative body aimed at improving people’s experiences of living with declining health, death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. Rami is also a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Scotland Committee and is responsible for advising the Commission on its work in Scotland.

Rami graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2001 with a MA (hons) in English with Language and Linguistics.

In hospice, home and hospital, we support children who die young. Children's palliative care is all about striving to make the impossible, possible - in the face of overwhelming odds - for families going through the hardest of times. Three children a week die from a life-shortening condition in Scotland, and CHAS wants to be there for all of them. Our mission is to keep the joy alive for even more families across Scotland. We will do that by working in close partnership with the Scottish Government, local government, the NHS and the Scottish public. Please do take the time to find out about our work and get involved where you can.

Our values of care, respect, honesty and accountability underpin everything we do at CHAS. We seek to demonstrate our values in all our interactions with the children and families we care for, colleagues, volunteers, supporters, and partners. By actively living our values we are able to provide high quality care and support to children and families throughout Scotland.


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