Home Movers & Shakers Skills for Care appoints Tristram Gardner as Deputy CEO

Skills for Care appoints Tristram Gardner as Deputy CEO

by Kirsty Kirsty

Skills for Care, the strategic workforce development and planning body for adult social care in England, is delighted to announce the appointment of Tristram Gardner to the role of Deputy CEO.

Tristram joins Skills for Care from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) where he was Deputy Director for Adult Social Care Workforce Strategy and Capacity. In this role he advised ministers on care workforce policy as the country emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tristram has held a number of senior positions across both central and local government where he has designed and delivered large-scale transformational change programmes, with particular experience working in and with the adult social care sector.

In local government, Tristram was responsible for adult social care enterprise, projects, and commissioning support at Surrey County Council. Here he worked closely with service managers, frontline staff and commercial, financial, and people teams to improve services for people who draw on care and support.

In between he has held senior leadership roles in community development, home ownership, and financial policy.

In his new role as Deputy CEO at Skills for Care, Tristram will lead on internal transformation and work with other directors to enhance the organisation’s leadership approach, operations, and culture.

Outside of work Tristram is dad to two young, highly energetic boys who enjoy keeping him on his toes.

Speaking of his appointment to the role of Deputy CEO at Skills for Care, Tristram says:

“I have long admired how Skills for Care helps employers and leaders make sure social care has the people it needs to deliver high-quality care. I am delighted to join Skills for Care at such a pivotal time for the care sector, when that support is needed more than ever. I am looking forward to joining the team.”

Oonagh Smyth, CEO, Skills for Care says:

“I’m delighted to welcome Tristram to Skills for Care.

“Tristram is passionate about social care and its value to individuals, our communities, and our economy. This passion, combined with his extensive experience of social care in different contexts, will be a great addition to our Skills for Care team. 

“We all look forward to working with him as we continue to work towards our ambitious strategy to support and empower current and future social care leaders, employers and the wider workforce.”

Image depicts Tristram Gardner, Deputy CEO, Skills for Care

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