Kirsty Matthews has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.
Ms Matthews brings a wealth of experience, having held a variety of senior leadership roles in both public and private organisations within the health and care sector over the last 30 years.
Joining from Virgin Care’s Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Social Care Services, Ms Matthews will be using her extensive experience as a Managing Director to support Hft on its next stage of development and in continuing the successful delivery of care and support services to adults with learning disabilities throughout the pandemic. This will involve ensuring the health and safety of all of those in Hft’s care, as well as the charity’s 3,000 strong staff team.
Ongoing development work will continue to ensure Hft’s systems and processes are efficient and effective and this will be taken forward by the appointment of a new Change Director, Mel Corish.
Ms Matthews is also keen to increase brand awareness of the great work carried out by the charity, to support Hft’s fundraising efforts, and to strengthen the voices of the people supported by Hft in all of the charity’s work, to ultimately help Hft to extend its reach.
Ms Matthews, who will be based in the charity’s head office in Emersons Green, Bristol, said:
“I am delighted to be joining Hft at such an important time and feel privileged to have the opportunity to become part of the leadership team.
I am very aware of the incredible work that has been taking place across our services, particularly with the additional challenges posed by the pandemic. I look forward to getting to know our staff teams over coming months and working closely with the leadership team to plan the next stage in Hft’s future.”
Ms Matthews takes over from Interim CEO, Steve White, who was appointed to steer the charity through a transition period and will become part of Hft’s Board of Trustees in the spring of 2021.
Mandy Bunce, Hft’s Chair of Trustees comments:
“On behalf of Hft’s Board of Trustees I would like to extend our thanks to Steve White for his strong leadership, guidance and support. Steve successfully set a clear direction for Hft and helped to stabilise the organisation through this critical period, and has been an inspiration to us all during these exceptional times. I look forward to welcoming him to Hft’s Board of Trustees next year.
“I am delighted to be welcoming Kirsty Matthews as our new CEO and look forward to working with her as we embark on an exciting new chapter for Hft.”
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Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,500 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.
Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.
For more information about Hft, please visit www.hft.org.uk
Information about learning disabilities
A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:
- Understand new or complex information
- Learn new skills
- Live independently
For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance