The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), the major care charity which provides residential, nursing and other specialist care services for c 3600 older people, has officially announced the appointment of Don Wood as its new Chairman from 1st November. Don has been a member of the OSJCT board for six years, and his term of office as chairman is for a further six years.
Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience from a career in the social housing and voluntary sectors, including over 20 years as chief executive of leading housing association London & Quadrant Housing Trust. Don’s key responsibilities will be to lead the Trustee Board, support the Chief Executive and further develop the Trust’s relationships with key stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Don was appointed CBE for services to social housing in 2005.
“I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed into such an important and influential position in a dedicated organisation with such a proud history of care,” commented Don.
“I’ve had the privilege of serving as an OSJCT trustee for six years and have seen, first-hand, what an amazing organisation it is – with an extraordinarily committed and caring staff group that provides exceptional care quality across our areas of operation .
“As such a progressive care provider, I know OSJCT will go from strength to strength. It’s a very exciting feeling to be a senior part of the Trust at such an important time, and I can’t wait to get started!”
The appointment of Don Wood follows the retirement of Peter Loyd, chairman of the Trust since 2007.
“I’m confident in the fact that Don’s experience and vision will be perfect for such a high profile position within the Trust,” commented Peter.
“As the Trust grows, more is expected of trustees and how they work with the Chief Executive and executive directors. Don will be a key part of this governance structure, helping to support the executive to further develop services and to work closely with local authorities and the NHS to ensure the highest possible standard of care for older people nationwide.”