Care Plus Group Appoints New Chair

Paul Watson, Care Plus Group Chair
Paul Watson, Care Plus Group Chair

Care Plus Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Watson as its new Chair, replacing the outgoing Colin Childs, with effect from July 1, 2021.

A registered nurse with over 35 years of experience, Paul has held several senior posts across primary care, secondary care, and commissioning, as well as having significant independent sector experience. Paul has also been a Non-Executive Director of Care Plus Group for the past three years.

Paul is a previous Trustee of Lindsey Lodge Hospice, as well as a past Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Board of the Royal College of Nursing.

As well as having provided expert advice at a national level around safer staffing levels of nursing, Paul also practises as an Independent Celebrant, conducting person centred funeral and celebration of life services.

Commenting on the appointment, Care Plus Group Chief Executive, Jane Miller said:

“I and the rest of the Board would like to congratulate Paul on his appointment and are looking forward to continuing our work with Paul in his new capacity to take the organisation further in the coming years. Paul has been with us for several years in various roles and therefore knows the organisation extremely well. His experience within the sector will be a great asset to us moving forwards.

“On behalf of everyone across Care Plus Group I would also like to say a big thank you to Colin Childs for the wonderful job he’s done for us and for his leadership, vision and commitment as Chair of Care Plus Group since 2014. Colin has helped us lay some strong foundations and pushed us further during his time with us both as Chair and previously as Non-Executive Director. We wish Colin well and hope to see him in some capacity within Care Plus Group again in the future.”

Paul Watson added:

“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of Care Plus Group and would like to thank colleagues for trusting me to take the reins from Colin. As Chair, I will lead the Board in our continuation to support our wonderfully dedicated and enthusiastic staff, enabling them to provide the best service possible to those in need across our local communities. I am proud to be part of such a fantastic health and social care organisation and look forward to meeting and working closely with our members to deliver outstanding care to the heart of our community.”

Colin Childs concluded:

“It’s been an honour to be Chair of Care Plus Group for the past 7½ years. I have met some amazing people and teams over the years, and it has been a privilege to be part of Care Plus Group’s development and growth into the leading health and social care organisation it is today. I would like to thank Jane and the Board for all their support, colleagues across Care Plus Group for their continued dedication to their profession and wish Paul all the best in his new role.”

Care Plus Group is the main provider of adult community health and social care services in North East Lincolnshire, employing over 800 members of staff.

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