Skills for Care has announced the appointment of Tricia Pereira as its new director of operations.
A former social worker, Pereira is currently the head of operations for the London Borough of Merton, overseeing the provision of adult social care. She will take up the new role in March, replacing Andy Tilden.
At a strategic level, Pereira has led government taskforces, including most recently co-chairing the BAME Communities Advisory Group during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting on her appointment, Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smith said: “We interviewed a very strong panel of candidates and the rigour of that process means that Tricia will bring a lot of experience and drive to this role.
“Tricia brings exactly the sort of practical operational and strategic expertise we need to make sure our organisation can fully support over 20,000 adult social care employers so we have a skilled and motivated workforce delivering high quality care and support to people in our communities.”
Pereira, who has also co-chaired the Adults Principal Social Worker National Network in England, said: “I know from my time at the London Borough of Merton, and in my strategic roles, the pivotal part Skills for Care plays in supporting the learning and development needs of our sector’s growing workforce so I can’t wait to start as director of operations.
“There’s no doubt our sector has some significant challenges ahead but I’m looking forward to joining a strong team at Skills for Care who offer a wide range of social care experience and expertise.”