9th February 2010

Programme Director appointed to lead Third Sector Young People’s Workforce Capacity Building Programme

Peridot Partners have appointed a Programme Director to lead the Third Sector Young People’s Workforce Capacity Building Programme, which is being managed by a consortium of three partners; the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, YMCA George Williams College and SkillsProfile. An estimated 70 per cent of all youth support work is done by the Third Sector. Whilst courses and training are available to equip front-line workers for Every Child Matters and integrated working, the Third Sector’s capacity to deliver, fund or enable training of front-line workers is uneven. There is a need to support the management capacity of workers in small organisations who simultaneously lead and deliver youth support services. The programme has identified the top priorities to support integrated working and Every Child Matters outcomes, covering both frontline delivery and organisational capacity building. It has also recommended routes for delivering that support. The training will be accredited and can build towards qualifications at the discretion of learners. Gethyn Williams has been appointed as Programme Director to lead the delivery of the project. Gethyn joins from the London Voluntary Service Council where he was Head of Policy and Knowledge with extensive experience working with Children and Young People’s organisations.
9th February 2010

Policy Officer appointed to Skills-Third Sector

James McHugh has been appointed as the first policy specialist for Skills-Third Sector. James is an exceptional graduate with a first-class degree from London School of Economics and an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has had successful internships with the Employers Forum on Age and Belief and at the New Local Government Network, a dynamic and independent think tank, where he has been heavily involved with a forthcoming report on Worklessness. James has a good knowledge of contemporary parliamentary affairs, excellent research skills and a good understanding of the Third and Skills sectors.
8th February 2010

Director of Public Health appointed to Salford PCT

Peridot Partners are delighted to announce the appointment of Melanie Sirotkin as the new Director of Public Health for NHS Salford. Melanie joins NHS Salford from her post of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Public Health at Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust. With a diverse professional background, Melanie originally trained as a teacher and has a degree in education. She has worked in public health for over twelve years after starting off as one of the first non-medical public health associates in the North West region. Professionally, Melanie’s interest and experience lies in commissioning and establishing new and innovative models of working to improve health outcomes.
4th January 2010

Peridot Partners appoint Interim Director to General Social Care Council

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) is a non departmental public body, which has responsibility for registering and regulating social workers. Peridot Partners were recently approached by the GSCC to help them find a suitable Interim Strategic Director of Strategy and Social Work Education.
14th December 2009

Peridot Partners appoint Chief Executive to Commonweal Housing

Peridot Partners were recommended to Commonweal Housing and duly appointed after a competitive process to manage the recruitment exercise for Commonweal Housing’s first permanent Chief Executive. Commonweal Housing is a registered charity which creates housing projects that incorporate bespoke services for occupiers enduring social injustice in order to demonstrate how these social injustices can be compassionately resolved. After managing a recruitment process that included an advert in the Sunday Times, advertising online and an executive search proactively targeting appropriate potential candidates, a strong longlist of candidates were seen for a preliminary interview. This led to a diverse shortlist of four people for final assessment, three of whom had been attracted through the executive search process. In the end Ashley Horsey, one of those approached for the role, won through as the successful candidate and starts with Commonweal Housing early in 2010. Ashley is currently Commercial Director for Local Space and has worked for housing associations in London and the South East before becoming Chief Executive of the Empty Homes Agency. He was Head of the Government’s Bed and Breakfast Unit before joining Local Space. We wish Ashley and Commonweal Housing the best of success in the coming years!
11th December 2009

An Evening with The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

On Thursday 10th December Peridot Partners hosted a dining event with Francis Maude as main speaker and over twenty high-profile leaders from the charity sector. The Editors of Third Sector and Charity Times also attended. The Shadow Minister was excellent in his interaction with a passionate audience and has given us all a welcome insight into the Conservative Party’s views for the public and third sectors. Dame Mary Marsh was exceptional in her role summarising the discussion and the feedback has been excellent: “Thank you so much for inviting me to the dinner yesterday evening. I was really pleased to be a part of it. I thought Francis Maude was very interesting and stimulating and the more I think about what he said the more impressed I am! It was a great opportunity to meet and speak candidly with some of the key players in the sector…” “Many thanks to you and Peridot for inviting me to share a very enjoyable evening and dinner last night. It was good to meet you and colleagues and to hear more from Francis. I look forward to working with you and Peridot in the future.” “Just a quick note to say thank you […]
11th December 2009

An evening with Stephen O’Brien MP

On Thursday 25th November a number of prominent and high profile Directors of Adult Social Care were invited to join Peridot Partners for a dinner event which featured Stephen O’Brien the shadow health minister as speaker. Stephen O’Brien spent the evening engaging personally with all the guests, and after dinner gave an insight into what the future of adult social care might look like under a conservative regime.