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New CVT Chair

New CVT Chair

The Charity has a new Chair of Trustees after Trustees unanimously agreed that Brian Walsh would take the role on from Chris Cook at the January Board meeting. Chris, who had previously been our long standing Chair, was stepping down after his second time in this role. He will remain on the Board and we extend our grateful thanks to him.

 Brian’s career began in 1982 as a trainee social worker working with deaf people. His career since has involved senior positions in the charity and statutory sectors, including Director of the disability charity Scope and Executive Director of Coventry City Council. Brian was Chair of the Charity Keyring, which creates supported living networks, for ten years until June 2016. He was recognised for his services to social care with an OBE in 2015.

 Brian acted as independent chair of the Delrow Family Reference Group from May until September 2016.. He is also a board member of Skills for Care, a charity providing support for adult social care organisations in recruiting, developing and leading their staff team. He became a trustee of Camphill Village Trust in October 2016.

 Speaking on his election as Chair of Trustees Brian said,

 “I am honoured and excited to be asked to undertake the role of Chair. I have a long term interest in working with people with learning disabilities and was keen to carry this on after my term of office concluded at Keyring. Many peoples’ lives have been enriched by joining CVT and I am keen to help them tell their stories and see the charity raise its profile and go forward with confidence into the future.

 Having been a Director of Social Services I understand the challenges of social care funding. I believe that CVT has much to offer in the social care sector and I look forward to working with commissioners and others to identify opportunities and develop quality services up and down the country for people to live the lives they want to live”.