The Board of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has confirmed the appointment of the Association’s new Chief Executive, Roger Berry, who will succeed Bridget Warr CBE.
Roger graduated from University of Southampton with a BSc in psychology. He has a longstanding commercial background, having been managing director of a number of organisations, including from 2006 to 2016, Healthmatic Ltd, a business which he co-owned. This business, which installs and maintains a significant number of public conveniences for a largely local authority customer base, means that he has first-hand experience of dealing with local government and this role has also involved extensive and successful lobbying with national government.
UKHCA’s 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.”
Roger 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 formally welcomes Roger to the Association on 4th March 2019 for a one-month handover period with Bridget Warr, who moves on from the Association on 7th April 2019.
Trevor Brocklebank continued:
“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.”