Social Care Institute for Excellence chair to step down

Allan Bowman to leave Scie after seven years following appointment of successor next year.

Scie chair Allan Bowman

Allan Bowman is to step down as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence after almost seven years in post.

The institute, which is responsible for disseminating good practice on social care across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said Bowman’s departure had been planned. His second term as chair was extended last year to provide continuity following the appointment of Andrea Sutcliffe as chief executive, said Scie.

The institute will start advertising for a new chair in January, and Bowman will stay on until his successor is in place.

“Scie has become a leading improvement agency – well recognised and valued by the sector. I am immensely proud of what the organisation has achieved and we are in a strong position to continue to support the sector well into the future. Now is the logical time for a new chair to lead the agency into the next era.”

Bowman began his career as a social worker in Scotland in 1972 and was later director of social work at Fife Council and of health and social care at Brighton Council. He succeeded leading disability campaigner Jane Campbell, who had been Scie’s first chair, in 2006.

In addition to his Scie role, Bowman chaired the group that developed the College of Social Work.

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