Former care commissioner Ian Oliver has joined reach, as our new Head of Service Wales, to lead on their learning disability, mental health and childrens’ operational services across Wales.
Ian joins reach having spent 5 years as Group Manager for Commissioning and Transformation at Bridgend County Council where he lead on a range of remodeling activity within social care, was responsible for strategy, planning and was the main interface with care providers, overseeing the management of over £35million worth of care contracts.
Ian will lead the development of both current and new services across reach in Wales, identifying and meeting the varied needs of the people they support.
Reach director Bethan Evans said:
“We are delighted Ian has joined us. His reputation and passion for delivering high quality services, coupled with his extensive experience and profile within social care, health, leisure and Government sectors will enable reach to further develop its services and explore new ways to support people to live the lives they want to live”.
Commenting on his new role, Ian said:
“There are many challenges facing the social care sector and I am delighted to have the opportunity to help shape and create sustainable models of care and support for the future. I am looking forward to building on reach’s reputation for delivering high quality services across Wales to support people to achieve the best possible outcomes in their lives”.
Ian has more than 20 years experience in care working both on the front line and in management positions and his qualifications include a Level 5 Diploma in Commissioning, Diplomas in Management and Applied Management and a Diploma in Support and Leisure.
Prior to this Ian worked in his native Newcastle, where he worked for the local Council gaining significant experience as a Supporting People Commissioning Manager, his responsibilities included; Strategic planning for supporting people, setting up a refugee service, managing all of the Council’s housing support services across Newcastle.
Ian started his career in social care as a support worker, where he says he has probably ‘supported every group in society imaginable’. It is his significant frontline experience gained in the infancy of his career that drives his infectious passion for making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society. He feels very passionate about putting people first, enabling them to live a quality life, and importantly to Ian, to have some fun!
Ian replaces AnneMarie Harris, who is now Head of Older People Services for reach.