Caption: Chief executive Sue Evans will welcome a new team member.
Social Care Wales has appointed David Pritchard as its new director of regulation.
Pritchard brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked for the Welsh Government for 13 years, leading work on social care policy and the NHS workforce.
He will take up the role on April 29, replacing Gerry Evans, who retired this week.
Social Care Wales chief executive Sue Evans said: “I am delighted to welcome David as our new director of regulation. David joins us at a crucial and exciting time as registration becomes mandatory for all domiciliary care workers next year and we open the Register of Social Care Workers to adult care home workers, too.”
Pritchard said: “I am delighted to be joining Social Care Wales during this exciting time for the organisation. I am looking forward to working with Sue, the Chair, the executive management team, the board and the staff to build on the excellent work that Gerry and his team have done as we extend the Register to these new groups of workers.”
Gerry Evans joined Social Care Wales in 2002 to help the organisation develop its workforce regulation structure.
He was appointed director of standards and regulation in 2004 and later became director of regulation and intelligence and deputy chief executive.
Sue Evans said: “Gerry has been an influential and active member of our executive management team almost since its inception, having helped us set up, develop and oversee our regulatory functions. More recently he has been instrumental in helping us establish our new research and data arm.
“As our second-longest serving member of staff, he will be much missed by our staff and our board. I’d like to say a big thank you to Gerry for personally supporting me as deputy chief executive, and for his hard work and the invaluable contribution he has made to the organisation over the years.”