Wednesday 22 November 2017
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New CEO for Counsel and Care

Counsel and Care, the national charity working with older people, their families and carers to get the best care and support, announces today (12 November) the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Peter Watt.
Peter joins Counsel and Care from The Campaign Company, where he has been Chief Executive for two years. Prior to this, he was General Secretary of the Labour Party. Peter also brings hands on experience from his former career as a Registered General Nurse specialising in acute medicine for older people. He replaces Stephen Burke, who led the charity for almost six years.

Sushil Radia, Chair of Counsel and Care, said: "We are delighted to welcome Peter to Counsel and Care. He is inheriting a strong staff and management team, and I am confident that he will take the charity from strength to strength.

“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 Counsel and Care and work with our partners to tackle the issues facing older people and their carers in 21st century Britain.


"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 in recent years are an excellent base for Peter to build upon."

Peter Watt said: “I am very pleased indeed to be joining Counsel and Care. The changing nature of the provision of care for older people makes this a challenging and exciting time to be joining the team. I know that over the coming years we can build on Stephen’s achievements by continuing to provide quality advice and support to older people, their families and carers. In fact as the shape of care provision changes the demand for our service can only increase.”