Worthing charity Guild Care has announced the appointment of Alex Brooks-Johnson as its new interim chief executive officer, as it continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooks-Johnson has been working with Guild Care for a year in several senior positions. He brings over 20 years of voluntary and charity sector experience, including chief executive roles at both a carers’ and children’s charity, where he helped shape and grow community-based services.
Guild Care, which was established in 1933, has undergone significant changes over recent months due to the impact of Covid-19 and is now restructuring for the future.
Former CEO Suzanne Millard will be concentrating on leading the care homes through the next phase of development, driven by the passion and expertise she has displayed for the past 11 years as CEO, with Brooks-Johnson overseeing the changes to the charity’s community-based services.
He commented: “Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Guild Care and to all our staff and volunteers for their continued hard work and dedication during this very difficult time. I’m very proud and excited to be leading this great local charity as we move towards a new chapter in our history.
“Covid-19 has highlighted how strong the community is in and around Worthing, and how much of a part of that community Guild Care is. We have a responsibility to help older people, people living with dementia and children and adults with learning difficulties in whatever ways we can, and I’m looking forward to further building the links we have with the community to make that happen.”
Meanwhile, Antonia Hopkins, chair of the board of trustees, said: “I’m delighted to appoint Alex as our new interim CEO. He brings a wealth of charity experience and strategic leadership to Guild Care and the board looks forward to working very closely with him in helping to secure the future of the charity.”