CCPS appoints new director of policy programmes


Laura MenendezGeneral News

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) has appointed Dr Simon Webster as the organisation’s new Director of Policy Programmes.

Dr Simon Webster joins CCPS having worked as a Research Consultant on Lord Scott’s Scottish Mental Health Law Review within the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Directorate.

In his new role he will continue the CCPS mission to identify, represent, promote and safeguard the interests of third sector and not-for-profit social care and support providers in Scotland.

With the immediate pressure of winter facing the sector, Dr Webster will lead a team to deliver impactful policy across key areas including sustainability and supporting the CCPS response to the Scottish Government’s National Care Service Bill. He will be working across Scottish Government funded workstreams to improve social care.

Prior to joining CCPS, Dr Webster worked with the Mental Welfare Commission’s investigations team where he was Human Rights Policy Manager. He delivered the Independent Review of Learning Disability and Autism in the Mental Health Act, as Secretary to the Review and as an executive member.

He has extensive experience of working to improve conditions for children and young people through his role as CEO of Your Voice, an innovative independent advocacy service, which he led for over a decade.

At CCPS he will be working with members of the Coalition who collectively support more than a quarter of a million people every year.

Welcoming Dr Webster’s appointment, Rachel Cackett, Chief Executive at CCPS said: “This is a hugely significant appointment for CCPS and I’m thrilled to welcome Simon to join our management team.

“Simon is a highly successful and creative policy professional with expertise in social care and support, and the delivery of human rights. I’m looking forward to working with him and all the team at this defining moment for social care as, on behalf of our 91 member organisations, we work to influence Scotland’s reform agenda and drive the change that is required to respond to the urgent winter pressures the sector is facing and to deliver on the Fair Work agenda.”

Dr Simon Webster said: “This is an exciting and challenging time to be joining the team at CCPS. I am delighted to be part of an organisation that is so clearly focused on its membership and how they deliver social care services to a wide range of people across Scotland.”


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