Independent Care Group looks to build influence with CEO appointment

Nick Swash, ICG chief executive

The Independent Care Group (ICG) has appointed a new chief executive and operations director as it prepares to build its membership and influence.

Nick Swash, who has a background in business and commercial settings, has joined as its full-time chief executive. His experience will look to help ICG become more self-sufficient.

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John Pattinson, who has spent several years working with the NHS, has joined as operations director.

‘This is an exciting and pivotal moment for the ICG as we look to expand our membership and influence within the social care sector,’ said ICG chair Mike Padgham. ‘The sector is going through a tough and challenging period and providers have never needed support more than they do today.

‘Next year we will be expanding our reach, improving and growing our services and increasing our influence. These two key appointments will help us to do that.’

The changes follow a decision by the ICG’s acting chief executive, Beverley Procter, to leave the organisation early in 2022 to move to a post in the NHS.

‘We are extremely grateful to Beverley for all that she has done for the ICG over the past few years,’ Padgham said. ‘She has managed the organisation through the most challenging period for care providers, supported our members brilliantly and helped us to move the ICG forward. We wish her well for the future.’

The ICG represents independent care providers, both private and voluntary. It works on behalf of operators for client groups, including care homes, domiciliary agencies, supported living and extra care housing providers, and day care centres.