Shaw Trust names Sally Burton as next chief executive

First chief executive of Solihull NHS Care Trust to take over in November

Former civil servant Sally Burton has been named as the new chief executive of the Shaw Trust.

Burton, who has spent 25 years in the public sector and was the first chief executive of Solihull NHS Care Trust, will join the trust in November.

Her appointment comes 14 months after the charity, the largest third sector provider of employment programmes for disabled people, put its previous long-serving chief executive Ian Charlesworth on gardening leave.

Charlesworth, who had warned trustees that their plans to bid for welfare-to-work contracts in Australia were too risky, eventually resigned in December and is now enterprise director at government-backed loan fund Futurebuilders England.

Burton said there was "significant scope for expansion and development" at the Wiltshire-based trust, which made a £2.8m loss last year.

"I believe that my experience in the public sector will bring new skills to the trust, which will help us further extend the level and range of services," she said.

Last month, Solihull NHS Care Trust seconded Burton to lead an independent review for families affected by failures at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where an official report published in March found that poor emergency care had led to up to 1,200 patients dying needlessly.

Burton worked for a year at children's charity Barnardo's in the 1980s, but most of her career has been in adult social services and housing. She was a civil servant at the Department of Health for five years.

She will have a handover period with Shaw Trust founder and director-general Tim Papé, who will become honorary president.

Chair John Briffit said: "Sally brings a wealth of experience with which to lead the Shaw Trust into its next stage of development."

 

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