Oct 18

Skills for Care announce new board members

Posted on Wednesday 24th October 2018

After a rigorous application process Skills for Care has announced that Dimensions CEO Steve Scown and Suzie Bailey from The King’s Fund have joined their board of trustees.

The successful candidates from a very strong shortlist were interviewed by Skills for Care chair Dame Moira Gibb, Vice Chair Neil Taylor and trustee Sue McMillan.

A third candidate was also successful and will join the Skills for Care board in March 2019.

“It is very clear from the strength of the applications that workforce issues were a high priority for everyone who applied, and all three successful candidates have the right mix of workforce experience and sector knowledge we need,” says Dame Moira Gibb.

“They are all operating at a very high level within health and adult social care, and will bring a huge amount of experience of workforce issues to our board in what is a very challenging time right across our sector.”

Steve Scown is CEO of Dimensions, which supports people with learning disabilities and autism to have a louder voice, choice and control in their lives. Their 7,000 colleagues deliver ambitious, effective, personalised support often with those whose previous support has not been successful.

Before being appointed as CEO in 2011, Steve led Dimensions’ organisational development work in championing the personalisation agenda. A speaker at UK and international conferences, he co-authored the award winning books, Making it Personal and, more recently, Making it Personal for Everyone. Steve is also chair of the Voluntary Organisations for the Disabled Group (VODG).

Suzie Bailey heads the leadership and organisational development team at independent health and care charity The King’s Fund. Before joining The King’s Fund, Suzie was the director of leadership and quality improvement at NHS Improvement, where her work included the design and delivery of the first national framework for improvement and leadership development in England. Before taking up a national role at Monitor in 2014, Suzie worked in the NHS for more than 21 years in acute, community and mental health providers.

Suzie is a Health Foundation GenerationQ Fellow and led the creation of the Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy in partnership with the Dartmouth Institute in Massachusetts, US.

Stepping down from the board of Skills for Care this week are Des Kelly OBE and Helen Wilcox MBE. Paying tribute to them both, Dame Moira said:

‘Des and Helen have each made outstanding contributions to Skills for Care as Board colleagues during their time. I want to pay tribute to them both and put on the record how much we have valued their collective wisdom, insight and honesty during their tenure. I am sure they will remain keenly interested in our work in future and wish them well.’

A full list of Skills for Care trustees can be found on our board page