The learning disability and autism not-for-profit Dimensions has appointed Rachael Dodgson as its next chief executive.
Dodgson, who has been managing director of the organisation since 2019, succeeds Steve Scown, who has stepped down after 12 years with Dimensions to start his own consultancy.
Before joining Dimensions, Dodgson was group operations director at Care Management Group and also acted as head of adult social care policy for the Care Quality Commission, where she worked for more than 13 years.
]Dimensions, which supports more than 3,500 people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs in England and Wales, is a housing association and charitable registered society.
Dodgson said: “It’s an incredible honour to lead an organisation that has always been committed to supporting people with learning disabilities and autistic people to lead lives that are independent and fulfilling.
“Through our outstanding teams, the people we support will remain at the centre of their support and play an active role in their communities.
“I am determined to engage with government, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure that the voices of both those we support, their families and our colleagues are heard at every level of decision-making.
“As CEO, I will work to build stronger relationships with partners across the sector. We all know what needs to change. By speaking as one, we can help the government make good decisions.”