Achieve together appoints Zak Houlahan as CEO

Zak Houlahan

Achieve together has appointed Zak Houlahan as its chief executive officer, replacing Emma Pearson.

John Ivers has also joined the specialist support provider as a non-executive director.

Houlahan has 20 years’ senior management experience, the most of which has been spent providing essential services to the UK local authority network.

His most recent role was as acting chair and CEO at Enerveo Group, the former multi-disciplinary contracting business of European clean energy utility SSE plc. Before Enerveo, he led business units at Amey, TCR Group and several environmental firms.

‘I look forward to leading the organisation to ensure that people we support, and their families, remain at the heart of our organisation, where together we can continue to exceed expectations and provide people with every opportunity to fulfil their potential,’ Houlihan said.

John Ivers

Ivers is an experienced health and social care leader, having worked in executive roles over the past 17 years. These include chief operating officer at CareTech, CEO of both Nestor Healthcare and Saga Healthcare, and chief operating officer at HC-One.

He said: ‘I look forward to working with the amazing and dedicated Achieve together team, as we all look to continue to make a positive difference to the lives of those we support, their families and wider support networks.’

On the appointments, Mike Parish, chair of Achieve together, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome both Zak and John, both highly accomplished leaders who share the values and passion of the Achieve together team.’

Achieve together supports over 2,300 young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and associated complex needs in more than 420 services across England and Wales.

Emma Pearson was appointed CEO of Helping Hands last month.