New Chief Executive Of Social Care Institute For Excellence Appointed

The Board of the Social Care Institute For Excellence (SCIE) is delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Jones to the post of Chief Executive, as successor to Bill Kilgallon who retires at the end of March.

Julie is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Children’s Services at Westminster City Council, and a former President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS).

“Bill Kilgallon was always going to be a hard act to follow”, said Allan Bowman, Chair of SCIE, “but in Julie we have an outstanding successor, who brings a wealth of experience, combined with the energy and vision that SCIE demands.

David Behan, Director General of Social Care at the Department for Health, welcomed the appointment: “This is excellent news – Julie will bring the qualities that she has demonstrated at Westminster City Council and ADSS to SCIE. She is an effective leader and I am confident that she will build on the firm foundations established by her predecessor Bill Kilgallon.”

New recruit, Julie, responded to her appointment saying: “It really is a great honour to join SCIE – I’ve been impressed by the organisation’s work in recent years. In particular, I want to continue Bill Kilgallon’s passionate commitment to ensuring people who use services and their carers are at the heart of social care. It makes sense and it works.

“But I’m not underestimating the scale of the task. I recognise the day to day pressures faced by care workers and managers, and the increasing complexity of the sector. But I really believe that SCIE is in an excellent position to provide hard-pressed workers and managers with digestible, practical tools that they can trust. They’ve got a strong record to date so I am looking forward to working with the Board and staff on the next stage of their development.”

The Board would like to thank David Fielding and Rockpools for their assistance in making this appointment.