Former Somerset social services director Chris Davies will sit on the independent inquiry into access to health care for people with learning disabilities, announced by the government last month. Davies is a consultant in social care and lead adviser for the Social Services Improvement Agency in Wales. The panel will be chaired by Sir Jonathan Michael, former chief executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Other panel members include Professor Sheila Hollins, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Professor Jim Mansell, director of the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent.
Alison Hannah has been appointed executive director of Penal Reform International, which works with governments, prison authorities and society to improve jail conditions and promote alternatives to custody. Hannah was previously director of the Legal Action Group, the UK legal policy and education charity.
Children’s charity Save the Children has announced Adrian Lovett as its new director of campaigns and communications and David Mepham as its new director of policy. Lovett arrives from Oxfam GB, where he is director of campaigns. Mepham is associate director and head of the international programme at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Lynne Richards has taken the post of England director at family support charity Home-Start, where she is responsible for the delivery and development of the Home-Start UK service to Home-Start schemes in England. Richards previously worked as the charity’s South West regional manager and has more than 25 years’ experience in health and social care.