Carers UK chief steps down

The chief executive of Carers UK has resigned following the
board of trustees’ decision to restructure the organisation,
writes Amy Taylor.

Diana Whitworth is leaving her post at the carer’s charity at
the end of December after heading the organisation for 4 years.

Her decision came after the trustees decided to make three-full
time and three part-time staff redundant, in order to cut
expenditure by £300,000 and “do things differently”.

Whitworth said: “During the last few months the board of
trustees has been considering the future direction of the charity,
and has decided on a substantial restructuring.

“In these circumstances I advised trustees of my own plans and
offered to stand down immediately,” she said.

Imelda Redmond, the organisation’s deputy chief executive for
the past two-and-a-half years, will take over from Whitworth in
January. She has worked for the organisation for around six years,
and was previously director of development.

Whitworth will continue with some of her work in the health and
social care field such as chairing the external reference group for
the national service framework for long term conditions.

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