Lord Michael Bichard to step down as Chair of Social Care Institute for Excellence

11 November 2016

For immediate release – 11 November 2016

After four years in post, Lord Michael Bichard will step down as Chair of SCIE in March 2017.

Lord Bichard, who joined SCIE in 2013, had already completed his three-year term and agreed to a one year extension to March 2017. During that time, Lord Bichard has overseen major changes at SCIE including the development of training and consultancy services, delivery of major work programmes such as the Care Act and Better Care Fund, and leading the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.

Speaking about his decision, Lord Bichard says:

This has not been an easy decision, but my other commitments have become more demanding – and at this stage of my career I am finally attempting to get a better work/life balance. I am very proud at what we have achieved and thrilled to leave such a robust Board and organisation in place. I will also leave confident that SCIE has a strong future, with the capacity and leadership to succeed. I will genuinely miss SCIE, but will remain an ambassador for the organisation - and the care sector.

Tony Hunter, SCIE chief executive says:

Michael has been an exceptional Chair – supportive and challenging in equal measure. His insight, energy and intellect has steered us through testing times for both SCIE, and the care sector as a whole. But perhaps his greatest legacy is his utter commitment to genuine co-production with people who use services and carers. It has set the standard for the whole organisation. On behalf of SCIE staff, I would like to thank Michael for his critical contribution to our success and wish him all the best for the future.

Tina Coldham, SCIE Trustee and Chair of SCIE’s Co-production Network, says:

It has been an honour and a valuable education serving on the Board under Michael's astute leadership. He has the unswerving ability to make sure we are focused on what matters whilst encouraging the organisation to be creative about the possibilities and also our abilities around the very real challenges facing social care. All this with a welcome breath of humility and humour. His belief in co-production has enabled us to grow this into the culture of SCIE. I know my fellow board members, as well as our co-production network members will miss Michael's enabling style. He leaves with our best wishes and remains a valued ally.

Among other roles, Lord Bichard is Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, Chair of the National Audit Office, Chair of Shakespeare's Globe Trust, and a board member of the River and Rowing Museum Foundation.

The recruitment of a new Chair will begin shortly.

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