Catherine Doran will be joining the Government Office for London’s team of children’s services advisers. Currently Camden Council’s assistant director for safeguarding and social care, Doran will take up the new role next month.
Health minister Andy Burnham has announced the first patient and public champion to monitor NHS efforts to reach the government’s target of reducing waiting times to 18 weeks. Neil Betteridge, chief executive of Arthritis Care, will be responsible for understanding and reflecting patient views as policy is implemented across the NHS.
The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services has appointed Kanchan Jadeja as its new chair. Kanchan is currently head of youth and lifelong learning at Government Office East Midlands where she has lead responsibility for 14-19 and lifelong learning policy across the region. She previously held strategic responsibility at the Department for Education and Skills for the development of voluntary youth organisations.
Heléna Herklots, director of fieldwork at Age Concern England, has joined the board of older people’s housing and care at registered social landlord Housing 21. Herklots has worked with and for older people in a range of management, service development, policy and strategy roles over the last 20 years, including a secondment to the Department of Health’s social care group.
Donna Covey has taken up her new post as chief executive of the Refugee Council. Covey was previously chief executive of Asthma UK, and prior to that was chief executive of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales.