United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKCHA) announce new chief executive
The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has announced that Roger Berry is to be their new chief executive.
Credit: Roger Berry – UKCHA
Mr Berry joins the organisation at a crucial time.
After the government’s crushing Brexit defeat in Parliament yesterday the social care green paper will not be on the immediate to-do list for a Conservative or Labour government in January, as the current government initially intended.
On his appointment, Mr Berry said: “I am excited to be joining UKHCA as Chief Executive at a critical time for our sector. My experience over the last ten years has highlighted the importance of effective working between councils and providers, and the benefits of a care sector which can properly support people funded by the State or paying for care privately.
“The momentum created by the team at UKHCA will continue to develop so that we represent providers’ views with central and local government to ensure that those who rely on care and support can live well at home, and that our fabulous workforce are properly recognised.
“I admire what great care businesses and fantastic staff do for older and disabled people in our communities. UKHCA will do everything we can to support you.”
The UKHCA is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. Mr Berry will succeed Bridget Warr, who will stay on for a one-month handover period but will then move on from the Association on 7th April 2019 to work on other social care projects.
UKHCA’s chair, Trevor Brocklebank, emphasised Mr Berry’s strength in business strategy. He said: “Roger proved to be an extremely strong candidate amongst applicants of a high calibre.
“His key skills include business strategy, management and strategic planning. He is passionate about our sector and I know he is determined to make a massive contribution for our members and the people we all support.
“He will join UKHCA at an exciting time. Government policy increasingly recognises home-based care as the preferred option and the sector is supporting more people who fund their own care.”