SCIE press release

Tony Hunter appointed as SCIE Chief Executive

20 September 2013

Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council and Senior Vice President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Tony will join SCIE in January 2014 following the departure of Andrea Sutcliffe who becomes the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care for the Care Quality Commission from 7 October.

Announcing the appointment Lord Michael Bichard, SCIE chair, says:

Tony has the perfect background for SCIE – combining over 35 years of experience in local authorities, charities and the private sector. He has clout at national level and as a social worker in children’s and adults’ services he has in-depth knowledge of direct practice. That – combined with his experience of working in private consultancy and disability and children’s charities – makes him an ideal choice to lead SCIE.

I have no doubt that he will hit the ground running and on behalf of the Board and staff, we look forward to working with him.

Responding to his appointment, Tony Hunter says:

I've had five great years as council chief executive in North East Lincolnshire, where the provision of proper care and support in strong communities will remain a key local priority. But I’m delighted to have this opportunity to help take forward SCIE’s contribution to modern forms of user-driven social care, building on Andrea's leadership and working alongside a very committed and enthusiastic Chair, board and staff group. It’s already clear that everyone is up for the huge but exciting challenges ahead.

I am particularly excited about taking forward SCIE’s leading work on co-producing solutions and resources with people who use services and carers. I know how powerful this approach can be. During my time in Liverpool, people using housing related services designed the Supporting People programme using their own experiences and aspirations and turned a failing service into a leading edge one. I am also acutely aware that people with learning disabilities led the move on from traditional day centres and gave huge support to people taking control of their own lives for the first time.

Tony’s appointment has been welcomed by the sector.

Sandie Keene, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services says:

This is a fantastic appointment for SCIE and the social care sector. Tony has long been a champion of social care improvement and the breadth of his experience means that he will bring a deep understanding of the challenges we all face. I wish Tony every success in his new role and I look forward to working with him.

Alice Maynard, Chair of Scope says:

Tony joined the Board of Scope as a Trustee in 2012 and we have all been impressed by his passion and commitment – he even ran the London Marathon for Scope this year. I am delighted that he has been appointed as Chief Executive for SCIE and I have no doubt that he will be an inspirational leader and advocate for people who use social care services, their families and carers.

Outgoing chief executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, welcomes Tony’s appointment by saying:

Congratulations to Tony on his appointment as Chief Executive of SCIE. His commitment to improving social care services and his wealth of experience will, I am sure, take SCIE from strength to strength. There’s a lot to do but Tony will be working with a great staff team, Chair and Board and I look forward to forging a strong partnership with him in the future.

Tony was appointed following a public, competitive recruitment process.

Andrea Sutcliffe leaves SCIE on 4 October. Lord Bichard will act as SCIE’s Executive Chair until Tony takes up his new role.

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Biography – Tony Hunter

Tony was educated at Doncaster Grammar School and Oxford University (Queen’s College) where he gained a 2/1 honours in PPE. He became a social worker in 1976 with Doncaster MBC and from 1978-1980 was seconded to Nottingham University where he gained an MA in Applied Social Studies, incorporating the CQSW (professional social work) qualification and later the Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) qualification.

Tony took up the post of Principal Officer, Research and Service Development, with Barnardo’s in 1986. In 1990 he joined Price Waterhouse Management Consultants, working on a range of projects commissioned by the Department of Health, individual local authorities and consortiums in Britain and abroad. In 1995 Tony became Director of Social Services, Housing and Public Protection with the new unitary East Riding of Yorkshire Council and in late 2003 he joined Liverpool City Council to assist in the recovery of its social services functions. Tony was the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) for the year ending October 2005.

Tony has been Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council since September 2008, passionate about promoting the area’s resurgence by turning priorities around “stronger economy, stronger communities” into reality. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2010 for services to social care. He is a Board member of Scope, and represents SOLACE on the Winterbourne View Joint Improvement Programme.

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