The Somerset Care Group has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
Following a rigorous interview process, and from a strong shortlist of four, the Board of the Somerset Care Group were delighted to offer the position of Chief Executive to Dr Jane Townson.
Jane holds a MA (Oxon), MSc and PhD in Biological Sciences and spent 14 years in senior leadership roles in major multinational corporations in the pharmaceutical and agribusiness sectors, before founding her own business in the field of nutrition and health. She served for 9 years as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and for 4 years on the Board of Somerset Care.
Speaking on her appointment, Jane said “It’s both an honour and a privilege to be appointed as Chief Executive of the Somerset Care Group. I’m passionate about improving the lives of the people we serve by delivering compassionate, innovative, high quality and cost-effective care. Almost every day I hear stories of extraordinary kindness and care on the part of our staff and I count myself extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to lead such a special company. We don’t always get things right for our customers, though, and I’m committed to raising the bar, putting things right when they go wrong, and learning from our mistakes as well as our successes. Though we have many challenges in the social care sector, I look forward to working with our partners in local authorities, health, the third sector, other social care providers and private companies to develop new models of integrated care to meet the needs of our communities.”
Chris Davies, CBE, DL, Non-Executive Chair of the Somerset Care Group said “Jane has demonstrated an insightful grasp of our work and its context, an unwavering commitment to its ethical base in offering the best we possibly can to people in need, enormous talent as a communicator, an insatiable appetite to learn and understand, willingness to confront uncomfortable realities, warm concern for and appreciation of all people, whether clients, carers, staff or managers, and massive energy and optimism. Jane is just the person we need to lead our strong team in meeting the very real challenges of the next few years. She is as determined as I am that we will deliver what each person wants and needs, with quality and reliability, and that all our staff should enjoy decent pay and conditions of work. With our ageing population, Somerset Care is needed like never before, and, with Jane’s leadership, we will be there for people for many years to come.”
Jane succeeds Alyson Martin MBE, who took retirement earlier this year; her appointment as Chief Executive is effective from 16th June 2015.