Social care membership organisation the Independent Care Group (ICG) has announced two key new appointments as it looks to its future expansion.
Lisa Pickard has taken up the post of chief executive, while Beverley Proctor has been named operations director.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Independent Care Group at a pivotal time for social care in the UK,” said Lisa.
“I am looking forward to building on the group’s excellent reputation and strong partnerships and taking the organisation into the future. Social care is experiencing unprecedented challenges and it is vital that providers have a strong voice to fight for a better future for them and, of course, the many millions of people who receive and benefit from care.”
For the past six years Lisa has been chief executive at Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association, where she has been responsible for strategic leadership, growth, operational management and delivery, and innovation in the provision of new homes and services.
Prior to that she had built up an impressive record of success in a number of roles, mainly in the housing sector, where she demonstrated the type of vision, leadership and capability that the group is seeking.
Beverley joins the ICG on a two-year secondment from York NHS Trust. A registered nurse, she has been in healthcare and held a number of posts, since 1993. Since 2017 she has been operational manager (Integrated Discharge Liaison Team) with the Trust and prior to that was Community Services Manager/Assistant Director of Nursing (Scarborough, Ryedale, York & Selby).
ICG’s chair, Mike Padgham (pictured) said: “We are delighted with these two exciting appointments which will help us to move the ICG forward.
“Lisa joins us with an outstanding track record of achievement and I am sure she will prove to be a great asset to the Independent Care Group. Beverley has tremendous experience within the sector and again, will be a wonderful addition to the team. They take up their new posts at a challenging but exciting time for health and social care.”