SCIE appoints former Alzheimer’s Society COO as new chief executive

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The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has appointed Kathryn Smith as its new chief executive.

The appointment follows Tony Hunter’s decision to step down in April 2020 after six years in post.

Smith was previously chief operating officer for Alzheimer’s Society, where she had overall responsibility for managing the Society’s services and delivering the New Deal on Dementia strategy.

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She has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care, starting in care homes in the private sector and working up to a two-year stint as a social care inspector.

Smith was the Director of Services at Scope and has held a number of voluntary positions, including acting as a trustee for a small disability charity, giving her time as Side by Side volunteer and vice-chairing a board of school governors.

She will join SCIE as chief executive next month.

Commenting on her new role, she said: “Since as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been passionate and committed about the delivery and availability of good social care for all of those that need it. I’m very excited to be coming across to SCIE and continuing a long and impressive legacy of producing really effective, high-quality information and guidance, as well as being a leader in improvements across the sector.”

SCIE Chair Paul Burstow said: “I am delighted that Kathryn Smith will be joining SCIE as our new Chief Executive at the beginning of May. I have been impressed with Kathryn’s deep commitment to working collaboratively with the sector and with people who use services and carers to support people to live the best lives they possibly can. The Board of Trustees, and SCIE’s staff, are hugely looking forward to working with her as we take SCIE on the next stage of its evolution.”

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