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An independent agency, which provides foster carers in Gloucestershire, has appointed a new boss.
Hugh Pelham has been named as the new chief executive of Community Foster Care, which provides foster carers for children in care.
The 66-year-old previously spent three years with the Children’s Family Trust as its regional manager.
The former mental health nurse and social worker has been working with children since the 1980s.
He said: “I’m very excited to be with Community Foster Care. The organisation has a strong history and an excellent reputation in good child care.
“The fact that it is a charity is important – I fervently believe that children’s services should be delivered in a public way.
“Having met some of our team, I am struck by the quality of the staff and of our foster carers. They are very experienced and extremely well trained.
“I shall be making sure that quality and those high standards continue as we support local authorities in their work.
“We must also do all we can to spread the word that there is a national shortage of foster carers in the UK as a whole, and Gloucestershire is no exception.”
Hugh’s predecessor, Rebekah Pearson, who was a finalist in the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards in 2014, has left after seven years to move to Norway.