New chief executive takes the reins at Disabilities Trust

The Disabilities Trust has appointed Barrie Oldham as its new chief executive. He replaces Colin Hedley, who is retiring after 16 years at the charity.

Oldham, who has been promoted from director of operations, joined the trust 15 years ago after a career working in healthcare.

His goals for the charity include increasing funding for services, lobbying for a swift resolution of 'ordinary residence' issues – to determine which local authority has the responsibility for funding – and expanding services for people with autism and physical disabilities.

“For organisations such as the trust, it is essential that adequate investment in health and social care is forthcoming to enable us to continue to provide the specialist services and rehabilitation that we deliver,” he said.

Oldham will supervise the building of a new acquired brain injury service in Scotland this year and the trust’s first service in Wales in 2009.

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