The trustees of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation have appointed Stephen Burke as the charity’s first Chief Executive.
Stephen has more than 30 years’ experience leading and managing national care charities, as well as leadership positions in local government and the NHS. Over the last 10 years he has raised the profile of intergenerational action in care, housing, health and learning through the social enterprise United for All Ages that he co-founded. He also co-founded the Campaign to End Loneliness and the Good Care Guide and led mergers to create Grandparents Plus and the Family Mediation Trust.
Stephen has also been appointed as the new CEO of the Goyal family charity, the Hemraj Goyal Foundation (HGF), to build on the incredible work that Anita Goyal has been passionately supporting for the last seven years as CEO for which she received an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
The foundation, which was set up in memory of Chair of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation Avnish Goyal’s late father, supports charities on issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), menstrual dignity, empowerment of women and education of children from disadvantaged backgrounds both in the UK and abroad. Recently, it has funded COVID relief projects in India. HGF is also currently working with schools in the UK to deliver its ‘Enrichment Experiences in Education’ project to give young people a better start in life.
Avnish said: “The Hallmark Care Homes Foundation is delighted to appoint Stephen Burke as our first Chief Executive. We have big plans for growing the impact of the foundation at a time when the spotlight has been on social care and the impact and positive difference that it has on society. We are keen to work in partnership with other funders and donors to maximise our impact.”
Stephen said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to influence the future of care for our ageing population. As we emerge from lockdown, older people, and their families will rely on social care. We need to support care workers so they can continue to increase the quality of care, particularly for people living with dementia. We need to resolve the reform of care and how it is funded for the long term.”