Dr Jane Townson appointed UKHCA interim chief executive

Dr Jane Townson, interim chief executive, UKHCA

Former Somerset Care Group chief executive Dr Jane Townson has been appointed as interim CEO of the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) for an initial period of six months.

As reported last month, Roger Berry decided against taking on the role due to a change in his personal circumstances. He was due to replace Bridget Warr, who left the association in April.

Dr Townson has been an active member of UKHCA’s board for the last three years, including acting as the association’s vice chair.

A UKHCA statement said: ‘Jane brings extensive experience of service delivery and an understanding of social care policy. We are delighted that she will be able to work alongside the existing staff team as they represent our members’ views with government and stakeholders at a critical period.’

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