Lord Victor Adebowale to leave Turning Point after almost 20 years

The peer will step down in March to become chair of the NHS Confederation

Lord Victor Adebowale
Lord Victor Adebowale

- This story has been updated - please see final paragraph

Lord Victor Adebowale will leave Turning Point next year after almost 20 years as chief executive.

Adebowale, who joined Turning Point in 2001 and who will depart the social care charity on 31 March 2020, will take up a new role as chair of the NHS Confederation from April.

He will be replaced by Julie Bass, the charity’s current group managing director.

Before joining Turning Point, Adebowale was chief executive of the homelessness charity Centrepoint.

He is chair of Social Enterprise UK and has been a crossbench peer in the House of Lords since 2001.

Turning Point has seen turnover rocket from £20m to £131m during Adebowale’s time at the helm, helping 100,000 people a year and employing about 4,320 people.

Adebowale replaces Sir Andrew Cash at the NHS Confederation. Cash has chaired the organisation on an interim basis since November, when the former Conservative MP and Liberal Democrat politician Stephen Dorrell stepped down from the role.

In a statement, Adebowale said: "Turning Point has been such an important part of my life. I leave optimistic about its future and knowing that the organisation’s best years are ahead.

"I’ve seen the transformation in delivery and quality of our services. Turning Point has never lost sight of the people it supports and they remain the heart of the organisation, driving it towards an even brighter future.

"It’s been such a privilege to work with a brilliant team across all our services and be involved in the leadership of an organisation that I’m proud of every day. I’ll forever remain a supporter of team Turning Point and the people they serve."

Peter Hay, chair of Turning Point, said: "Victor is one of the most dynamic figures in health and social care today.

"He’s led the way in defending the rights of the many people affected by gaping health inequalities that are still prevalent in society.

"He leaves Turning Point as we’re going from strength to strength."

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: "Victor is an experienced, passionate and exceptional ambassador for integration and for tackling health inequalities. He has been at the heart of healthcare policy for many years and has extensive experience, not least in the community and voluntary sectors.

"The NHS Confederation is changing to meet new challenges and Victor’s insight and his ability to speak truth to power will be invaluable."

- The article originally said Stephen Dorrell was a Liberal Democrat MP

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