Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen has been awarded an OBE for services to Social Care, Homeless People and Housing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced today.
The award was made in recognition of Sharon’s work in the public, voluntary, social care and supported housing sectors for more than 30 years.
Sharon began her career in Derby before becoming a qualified social worker and housing professional, and she became Chief Executive Officer of Skills for Care in 2010. Sharon is a member of the Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP) Programme Board, Vice Chair of the ACEVO board and is also a board member of the CHS Group supporting affordable housing across Cambridgeshire.
Sharon Allen said: ‘When I started my career as a social work assistant in Derby, I never dreamed this would come my way. This award is recognition too for the work of Skills for Care, and my work in a number of organisations to develop the skills and knowledge of the many leaders, managers and workers across England: all those committed to delivering high quality, person-centred care and support in our communities up and down the land.
“At a time of real pressure in adult social care, and in public services generally, the quality, commitment, skills and compassion of our workforce, especially its leadership, has never been more important.”
Sharon was previously Chief Executive of St Anne’s Community Services for eight years providing a wide range of supported housing and social care services throughout Yorkshire and Humber and the North East of England.
Long-serving Skills for Care board member Brian Walsh, Executive Director of People at Coventry City Council, has also been awarded an OBE for services to Social Care.
Dame Moira Gibb DBE, Chair of Skills for Care, said: ‘I am delighted that both Sharon Allen, our Chief Executive at Skills for Care, and Brian Walsh have been honoured in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours today.
“Sharon’s award recognises her outstanding contribution to adult social care and in particular her long-term commitment to developing the skills and knowledge of our large and vital social care workforce. I am delighted too that Brian Walsh, Treasurer and previously co-chair of the ADASS Workforce network, has been recognised for his immense contribution to social care.
“I am sure everyone in our sector where Sharon and Brian’s contributions are so highly valued will join me in congratulating them on these well-deserved awards.”