Hilary Crowhurst has been appointed as the new chief executive of Bristol-based social care provider, Milestones Trust.
Crowhurst joins the trust after spending a decade at national learning disabilities charity, Hft, where she was the executive director of Operations and Development.
She has replaced outgoing chief executive John Hoskinson, who retired last month after eight years in the role.
“I feel hugely privileged to be at the helm of Milestones Trust, a social care charity with an established reputation and long history of providing high quality, safe, person-centred support for vulnerable adults,” Crowhurst said.
“I have a career-long passion for creating and developing outstanding, inspiring services that change the lives of the people we support for the better and I am very much looking forward to working with the trust team to support many more people across the South West in the coming years.”
Milestones Trust provides support for people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and dementia. The charity supports more than 750 people in specialist residential, nursing and supported living services Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Eleven per cent of the trust’s services are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC); 92 per cent are rated Outstanding or Good.
The new CEO said intends to build on Milestone Trust’s reputation for high quality, person-centred support services across the region. Assuming the role as the country faces the most challenging public health crisis for a generation, she said social care is a “vital partner” to the NHS and it must be adequately resourced.
Crowhurst has over 25 years’ experience at board level in both the charitable and private sectors and an MA in Applied Psychology, specialising in developing services for people with disabilities. She was selected as CEO through a process that involved many of the staff at Milestones Trust, as well as people the trust supports.