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Stephen Burke stands down at Counsel and Care

Counsel and Care, the national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support, is seeking a new chief executive to replace Stephen Burke who will be leaving later this year after almost six years in post.

The charity is seeking a dynamic leader who can help meet its key aims of doubling the number of people served by its specialist advice service and influencing the future funding of care at a critical time.
Sushil Radia, chair of Counsel and Care, said: "We are looking for someone who can build on the achievements of Counsel and Care and take the charity forward. We have set six key objectives for the next three years - from growing our advice service and winning more contracts to shaping the future of care and marking the charity's 60th anniversary. It is an exciting time to join and lead the charity and work with our partners to tackle the issues facing older people and their carers in 21st century Britain.

"Stephen Burke has led the growth and development of Counsel and Care. Our unique advice service now helps many more older people and their families get

the care and support they need and the charity has been influential in the debate about how we pay for care. The charity's profile and growth reflect Stephen's hard work and leadership."

Stephen Burke is leaving Counsel and Care in mid-November when he moves home from London to the Norfolk coast. He and his wife, Denise Burke, plan to set up a social enterprise working for all ages. Following Stephen's departure, the trustees of Counsel and Care have agreed that Deputy Chief Executive Caroline Bernard become Acting Chief Executive. Caroline joined Counsel and Care in January 2006 and is responsible for the charity's policy and communications function. Caroline is also responsible for Counsel and Care's annual debate, Graham Lecture and Older People in the Media Awards, and has assisted Stephen in raising the profile of Counsel and Care over the past four years.

Stephen Burke, chief executive of Counsel and Care, said: "I am proud that Counsel and Care now serves more older people than ever, reaching a quarter of a million people every year. But there is much more to do to help every older person get the care and support they need. I would like to thank the skilled and committed team at Counsel and Care who are making a big difference as demonstrated in our recently published 2010 annual review."

Stephen Burke joined Counsel and Care in early 2005. Previously he was director of the national childcare charity, Daycare Trust. As well as a career in the voluntary sector, he has been leader of Hammersmith & Fulham council and a non-executive director of Hammersmith & Fulham Primary Care Trust. He is currently a trustee of several national and local charities, including ACEVO, Grandparents Plus and OPAAL (Older People's Advocacy Alliance).