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NEW CHIEF FOR CARE HOME PROVIDER BODY

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The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the trade association representing the majority of care home provide...
The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the trade association representing the majority of care home providers in England, has announced that it has appointed Martin Green as its full time chief executive.

Mr Green was formerly chief executive of Counsel and Care, a charity that works to research, develop and improve services for older people. He has extensive experience at a senior level with various high profile charity organisations.

Mr Green has been co-ordinator of the Coalition for Quality in Care, a multi-sector care alliance and is also a trustee of Age Concern England.

He takes over from Joe Campbell who was instrumental in the merging of other associations to form ECCA, now the most powerful representative voice of care providers for older people.

Hamilton Anstead, chairman of ECCA said: 'This is an excellent appointment for ECCA. Martin has a first rate understanding of all the pertinent issues and I am sure he will bring his skills very successfully to bear on ECCA for the benefit of our members.

'ECCA has much to do, both to strengthen its relations with local authorities, central government and local care provider associations. We will be providing Martin with the resources to achieve in all these areas and I very much look forward to working with him. Martin has a long and successful track record of working with older people and also the disadvantaged. I am sure he will help to take ECCA on to a new and more dynamic level'.

Mr Green said: 'I am very much looking forward to a variety of new challenges at ECCA and I will be working hard to grow our membership and ensure that our members views are fully reflected in the important local and central debates that are required to ensure that our vulnerable and older citizens receive the quality of service that they so desperately deserve. ECCA has the potential to have a very material influence on these matters and I am very much looking forward to getting started and meeting as many of our members as possible at the ECCA national conference which is being held in Telford on 24th September'.

Notes

ECCA is a charitable trade association controlled by a board of approximately 18 non-executive directors. These directors together represent a large number of sizable local associations across the length and breadth of England and organisations that have made the substantial majority of new investment in long term care facilities over the last 15 years.

ECCA's objectives are to be the:

The single voice for providers of longer term care.

To achieve a fair and independent review of the cost of care for older people on a regional basis across England.

To work for better, more co-operative and therefore effective regulation of care services.

The full story on ECCA and a full list of the ECCA board members can be found on the association's website at www.ecca.org.uk.

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