The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) has appointed Roger Berry as its new chief executive.
Berry will take the reins of the company in March, succeeding Bridget Warr CBE in the role as CEO.
He joins the business with a longstanding commercial background, having been managing director for a number of organisations, including Healthmatic, a company which he owned.
Berry was also the chair of the Health Select Committee for Wiltshire Council from 2014.
UKHCA Chair, Trevor Brocklebank, said: “Roger proved to be an extremely strong candidate amongst applicants of a high calibre. His key skills include business strategy, management and strategic planning. He is passionate about our sector and I know he is determined to make a massive contribution for our members and the people we all support.
“He will join UKHCA at an exciting time. Government policy increasingly recognises home-based care as the preferred option and the sector is supporting more people who fund their own care. Roger will be able to build on the Association’s strong performance to date and have a positive impact on social care policy and support for our member organisations’ services.”
Commenting on his new role, Berry said: “I am excited to be joining UKHCA as Chief Executive at a critical time for our sector. My experience over the last ten years has highlighted the importance of effective working between councils and providers, and the benefits of a care sector which can properly support people funded by the State or paying for care privately.
“The momentum created by the team at UKHCA will continue to develop, so that we represent providers’ views with central and local government to ensure that those who rely on care and support can live well at home, and that our fabulous workforce are properly recognised.
“I admire what great care businesses and fantastic staff do for older and disabled people in our communities. UKHCA will do everything we can to support you.”
UKHCA will formally welcome Berry to the association on March 4 for a one-month handover period with Bridget Warr, who will move on from the association on April 7.
Commenting on Warr’s work, Brocklebank said: “Bridget has been an amazing ambassador of the UKHCA for the last eight years and I would like to thank her for her contribution, both to the Association’s members and the wider health and care sector. Together with the passionate team she has built, she has been instrumental in ensuring UKHCA’s standing as a widely recognised, knowledgeable, fact-based, representative association.”