New CEOs at BIFM and BASW

PARN Global News Article - 29 February 2016

New CEOs at BIFM and BASW

New CEOs at BIFM and BASW

This month has seen the appointment of several new members of senior staff in the professional body sector, most notably at the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

Ray Perry was announced in February as BIFM's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment comes after an extensive recruitment process following the November announcement that current CEO, James Sutton, would step down in summer 2016. Ray is currently Chief Executive of the National Pawnbrokers Association and has held director level positions at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Mattel Inc. 

Speaking on his appointment, Ray Perry said: "Joining the BIFM at this time is a great opportunity and I look forward to working with the Board, the team and the volunteer community to continue and build on the Institute's development and successes."

At BASW, Dr Ruth Allen has been appointed Chief Executive. Ruth, currently Director of Social Work at South West London and St Georges' Mental Health NHS Trust, will start in post on 11 April 2016.

Ruth will be taking on the leadership of a growing organisation. BASW, which last year launched its ‘2020 Vision’ to be the strong, independent voice for social work and social workers, now benefits from a its highest ever membership of more than 19,000 social workers across the UK.

On accepting the post, Ruth commented: “I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen as BASW’s next Chief Executive. It will be a privilege to lead the Association and be part of developing and delivering the 2020 Vision. I am looking forward to continuing to grow the Association, building on our strengths and ensuring we develop and innovate to meet the needs and expectations of current and prospective members – and of the diverse social work settings and policy contexts in which they work. My professional roots are in supporting and developing excellent, values-led social work practice. Sustaining great social work requires a strong and confident profession. I am excited about being part of taking that to its next level through BASW.”

Ruth Allen succeeds Bridget Robb, who will retire at the end of April, stepping down at the BASW AGM.

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