Movers and Shakers: Kerry Blair joins ECL as commercial director
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Care and wellbeing company ECL has appointed a new commercial director to lead on the organisation’s development in the integrated health and social care sector.
Kerry Blair joined ECL, which supports people aged 18+ with learning disabilities, sensory and physical impairments and older people who are living with dementia, in July.
His appointment follows the organisation’s rebrand from Essex Cares and the introduction of the Care Act in April earlier this year, which introduced a new standard for assessing people’s care needs and gives a greater focus living independently for longer.
Kerry will be responsible for turning an ambitious growth strategy into reality and is keen to build a business development team from ECL’s existing home-grown talent.
With a range of experience in the social care sector, Kerry has a track record in delivering business growth through commercial activities. In his previous role as Executive Director for Growth at the Terrance Higgins Trust, Kerry was responsible for managing both statutory revenue streams and the organisation’s highest ever level of voluntary income. He also previously worked as a development director at Advance Housing and Support, a UK-wide care and support provider, in a role which saw him implement a new growth strategy, increase turnover and develop new business opportunities.
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“I’m delighted to be joining ECL at such an exciting time,” he said.
Mike Fitzgerald, interim managing director at ECL, said: “We are very excited to have someone of Kerry’s calibre join our team. His vast experience of the social care sector, skills and expertise will be a great match for our business and I’m sure he will prove invaluable as we move forward and seek to develop the organisation further.”
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ECL (formerly Essex Cares), a care and wellbeing company, was set up by Essex County Council as a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) in 2009, to provide adult social care services across the county and is based at Chelmsford.
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