Jo Cleary has been appointed as the new Chair of older people’s charity Independent Age.
Jo will take up the role on 29 June, succeeding Dame Diana Brittan who is stepping down after eight years.
Commenting on her appointment, Jo said: “I’m honoured to succeed Dame Diana Brittan as Chair of Independent Age.
“Dame Diana’s outstanding leadership has helped steer the organisation through a period of transformation and growth. There has never been a time when an organisation like Independent Age is more needed.
“I’m passionate that older people must be recognised for their ongoing contribution to society and can continue to lead the lives they want to live as they get older.
“I’m delighted to be joining at the next phase of the charity’s development to build on the positive change that has already been achieved.”
Jo has previously held a number of senior roles in health and social care, working as a strategic commissioner, provider and regulator. She was a Director of Adult Social Care at three councils, a senior civil servant in the Department of Health and an NHS Director.
She is also the former chair of three national organisations: The College for Social Work, the National Skills Academy for Social Care and 4Children.
Jo is currently a Specially Appointed Commissioner (Trustee) at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.