Press Release: The Beth Johnson Foundation announces the appointment of a new Chief Executive

Posted in: News on January 29, 2014

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed a new CEO, Steve Robinson, to lead the organisation into its next phase and to realise its exciting new development plans. Steve is highly suited to lead the Beth Johnson Foundation over the coming years with extensive strategic and operational experience in the voluntary sector having led a number of complex community and care programmes including Housing Associations and Registered Care Homes across England. Steve worked for many years in the YMCA movement, fulfilling a number of key roles, all highly relevant to the work of the Foundation.Steve has developed significant expertise and knowledge about the power of cohesive communities, bringing groups together to work on common programmes and making a positive difference to people lives. He has experience of working at senior Government levels, helping to influence policy, law, and practice in his areas of expertise. Steve emphasises the need for hard facts and research based evidence to back up arguments for change and to develop powerful cases with Government, other stakeholders and the media. This background and experience will be invaluable as the organisation grows its work and influence in the coming years.Speaking today the Chair of the Foundation Elaine Willis said: ‘This is an exciting appointment for the Beth Johnson Foundation as we embark on a dynamic new programme of work we have been developing over recent months. It builds on the work and reputation developed by the organisation over the last 40 years, both locally in the Stoke area and also on the national stage. We are in the business of helping to celebrate and highlight the contribution that older people make to UK life; along with working to ensure that everyone has a great quality of life as they age. We are fortunate to now have Steve on board to help drive through the changes needed, the new ways of working required, and to deliver our ambitious plans to build the work and profile of the Foundation’.And Steve Robinson comments: ‘The challenges and the opportunities with which the Beth Johnson Foundation wrestle are critical to the development of a truly mature society. I am really excited to be joining new colleagues at this time and look forward to working together to effect much needed change in attitudes and behaviors towards ageing.” EndsNotes to editors1. The Beth Johnson Foundation is a UK wide charity that has been in existence for over 40 years. It works to make a positive impact on the lives of older people, to gain recognition for the valuable role that older people play in society and to challenge age discrimination and stereotyping. It does this by bringing together research, policy and best practice. Key to the approach is effective communication and the central message that everyone should be able to enjoy a great quality of life as they age2. Steve Robinson replaces the respected previous CEO Alan Hatton-Yeo. Alan, who received an MBE last year in recognition for his work on ageing issues, decided to step down from his role in order to develop new interests. We are pleased to report that Alan will be continuing to work with the Foundation in a consultancy role, bringing his incisive and innovative perspectives on ageing issues to the work of the organisation.3. Contact Details: E: 01782 84403629th January 2014

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