News and stories News and blogs David Constantine stepping down from Motivation Motivation's Founder Director, David Constantine, will step down from the charity from 1 January 2022. Read our announcement. 21 July 2021 David Constantine has today announced that he will step down from his role as Founder Director at Motivation from 1 January 2022. While his operational role for the organisation will come to an end, he will continue his advocacy and support of our work whenever he can. David has been a driving force behind Motivation for three decades and has decided now to focus his time on two roles leading global assistive technology membership bodies. He says: “During the pandemic, I have had time to reflect on life, my health and, importantly, my future. I have taken on two new positions in lockdown and I will continue to share my experiences with the global sector through these roles: as Chair of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and as President of the International Society of Prosthetics & Orthotics, commencing in 2023. “Stepping down from Motivation allows me to focus time on these roles and take time for myself – something I really haven't done since co-founding Motivation. “It has been an amazing adventure from the very first trip back in 1989 and I still can’t quite believe what we’ve achieved. The future looks bright, too, with a great team of staff led by Amanda Wilkinson and a very supportive and engaged Board. “Despite the fact that I feel it’s the right time to move on, I remain very enthused about Motivation’s future and will continue to support it in any way I can. “Those of you who have worked closely with, and supported Motivation in its mission: I thank you. It has been a pleasure to have met and worked with so many incredible partners, donors and supporters.” Richard Hawkes, Chair of Trustees, says: “David has achieved so much for the sector since co-founding Motivation in 1991. He has tirelessly advocated for disabled people in low- and middle-income countries to receive quality wheelchairs through appropriate assessment and fitting. He has influenced governments, major health organisations and other product designers – always with a collaborative approach. “His commitment to the appropriate provision of assistive technology has helped to shape the sector we work in today. Everyone at Motivation is grateful for David’s lifelong dedication and we will continue to work to fulfil the mission he established with hard work and passionate dedication.” Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Wilkinson, will continue to lead Motivation. She says: "As we bid farewell to our fantastic colleague and friend, we are proud that David’s influence and expertise will continue to inspire and shape the wheelchair sector at a global level, making a difference to even more disabled people around the world." A fitting celebration of David and his contribution to Motivation will be planned towards the end of the year.