Austen Smyth, our Chief Executive, has worked in Social Care for all his career. A qualified Social Worker and Mental Health Officer, Austen held both posts in Local Authority Social Work departments as well as the voluntary sector. Austen holds no discerning distinction between the public and voluntary sectors, believing that his work focus has always been 'try and make a difference'. Austen’s qualifications are B.A. (Hons) Social Administration, Postgraduate Certificate in Community (to Distinction) and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.
Austen joined The Richmond Fellowship Scotland in 2005. He leads the organisation in terms of its overall success and impact for people who require support services. Austen likes to see a difference being made, and enjoys working alongside others who focus in on finding solutions and making an impact or difference. Austen enjoys conversations that are more about the solutions rather than the problems. He also likes clear and fact-based conversation.
Outside of work our CEO enjoys home life with his family, playing squash, and supporting his exceptional children in their rugby endeavours.