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Scie appoints former social worker as chief executive

A former social worker, Tony Hunter, has been appointed the new chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie)

Tony Hunter

Hunter is currently the chief executive of North East Lincolnshire council and senior vice-president of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace). However, he started his career working as an adults’ and children’s social worker in the late 1970s.

He will take up the post in January next year, following the departure of Andrea Sutcliffe, who becomes the chief inspector of adult social care for the Care Quality Commission next month. Lord Michael Bichard, Scie’s chair, will fill in until then.

Hunter has previously worked in research and service development with Barnardo’s as well as with management consultants, Price Waterhouse. He became a director of social services in East Riding of Yorkshire council in 1995 and moved to Liverpool in 2003 to assist in the recovery of its social services functions. From 2004-5 he was president of the Association of Directors of Social Services.

He has been chief executive at North East Lincolnshire since 2008 and was recently appointed a board member of Scope, the disability charity.

Hunter said he was particularly excited about taking forward Scie’s leading work on co-producing solutions and resources with people who use services and carers.

“I know how powerful this approach can be. During my time in Liverpool, people using housing related services designed the Supporting People programme using their own experiences and aspirations and turned a failing service into a leading edge one.

“I am also acutely aware that people with learning disabilities led the move on from traditional day centres and gave huge support to people taking control of their own lives for the first time.”

Bichard said Hunter had the perfect background for Scie’s leadership with over 35 years of social care experience, national clout and an in-depth knowledge of frontline practice.

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