Skills for Care Chief Executive to step down

January 4, 2019

Sharon Allen OBE, Chief Executive of Skills for Care, has been appointed Chief Executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and will be leaving Skills for Care later this year.

Sharon joined Skills for Care in 2009 and has helped to put workforce development at the heart of the future of adult social care services. Sharon will take up her new role at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which supports people in Cambridgeshire living with a life-limiting illness and those who need end-of-life care, in April.

Sharon said, 'I wanted a new role that really embedded me in the local community where I live and this opportunity at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity offers me a chance to make sure that people across Cambridgeshire can access palliative and end of life care services that meets their needs.

'Leading the highly skilled hospice team brings together my absolute commitment to local services with everything I have learnt throughout my career, particularly over the last nearly nine years at Skills for Care.

'I have really valued the skills, knowledge and commitment of everyone who has worked at Skills for Care who have transformed us into the go to organisation for all workforce matters in adult social care. I know whoever succeeds me will be taking over an organisation that is in a very good place thanks to the tireless efforts of a hugely talented group of professionals who I will miss greatly.'

The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity announced in November 2018 that Dr Lynn Morgan will retire as Chief Executive at the end of March.

Chair of Trustees, Isabel Napper noted, 'We are thrilled to welcome Sharon to our team. Lynn Morgan, our current CEO has been responsible for so much and it is never possible to replace her, but I am confident that Sharon will write a new chapter in the Charity’s history. Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from her national role and this will be of great benefit to the hospice and the hospice team.'

The Skills for Care Board has announced it will now begin the process of appointing a new Chief Executive.

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