Philippa Russell has been appointed to lead the government’s new standing commission on carers. Russell – a disability rights commissioner, adviser to the National Children’s Bureau and member of National Learning Disability Task Force – will work with social care minister Ivan Lewis to ensure the voice of carers is heard and oversee the carers’ strategy due next year.
Castlebeck, a health care and rehabilitation services provider for people with learning disabilities, has appointed autism specialist Rob Baillie to shape and manage the organisation’s new facility in the Midlands, Wast Hills.
Moving People, the new well-being campaign formed by a coalition of mental health organisations and backed by the Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief, has announced Sue Baker as its first, interim, director. Baker worked previously on the New Zealand anti-stigma campaign, “Like Minds, Like Mine”. Moving People is a four-year programme aimed at improving mental and physical well-being for people in England and tackling discrimination.
The National Childminding Association has appointed Catrin Fletcher as director for Wales. Fletcher joins the association from the RNID and has previously held similar posts with Home-start and Red Cross.
Penelope Gibbs, currently director of the Voluntary Action Media Unit and a former senior BBC producer, has been appointed director of the Prison Reform Trust’s strategy to reduce child and youth imprisonment.
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