The Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Tony Hunter is stepping down on 31st March 2020 the organisation has announced today.
Tony worked as a front-line social worker, a senior hospital social worker, a training and development officer and ran a homecare service prior to his time at SCIE. Before taking up the SCIE chief executive position, he spent several years working at local authorities and was president-elect of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives, as well as having held the role of President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) for the year ending October 2005. Tony was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2010 for services to social care.
Speaking on the news about stepping down as SCIE Chief Executive, he said, 'The last six years have without doubt been amongst the most stimulating and productive of my 40 years in social work and associated organisations across sectors.' He has thanked staff, Board members and stakeholders for their work to improve the lives of people who use care and support services. He plans to move to a more portfolio-based range of work, including the continued chairing of the Doncaster Children’s Trust.
SCIE’s Chair, Rt Hon. Paul Burstow, has thanked Tony for his contribution to the success of the organisation and for his work for the sector.
SCIE is now seeking a new Chief Executive to work closely with the Chair and the Board, to lead SCIE through the next phase of its transformation. The organisations has stated it is open as to candidates’ backgrounds, but is looking for a person who will bring a track record of successful leadership and exceptional business acumen, combined with an interest in shaping national policy and practice improvement across the social care landscape.
Applications are open for the role, closing on 25th November. Paul will be leading the process to appoint Tony’s successor and, together, Tony and Paul are determined to ensure a smooth handover, says SCIE.