Peter Loose

Chair

I have provided services for vulnerable people in a voluntary and professional capacity since 1976 and have 30 years social care management experience including 8 years as an Assistant Director in local government and 7 years as CEO/MD of private and charitable sector support providers.

My greatest expertise is in learning disability services which was prompted by my youngest brother being born with Downs Syndrome shortly before my 16th birthday.  I first worked with voluntary groups before and while completing a degree in special education.  After 3 years in teaching, I moved to the youth and community services and then to adult social services where I sent most of my career.  During 27 years in local government, I managed day opportunities, residential and supported living services, social work and community nursing services and commissioning (all care groups).  I developed a particular interest in cross boundary co-operation – between health and social care, across care groups and through partnerships with the many other agencies vulnerable people depend on.  In 2012 I joined the private sector, developing a very successful family business as MD and then moving to Shropshire as Chief Executive of Bethphage.

Whilst working for Bethphage I joined the board of SPiC and was appointed chair in 2018.  Since arriving in the area I had been inspired by the relationships which enable SPiC to positively influence the provision of social care services in our area.  In my experience it is rare for a provider association to hold so much respect and influence on local authority and NHS thinking and I can see how much positive impact this relationship has for the people we support as well as providers and councils. I believe this influence is unique in the 25 or more council areas where I have worked and I am proud to have become a member of the SPiC board.  Since leaving Bethphage in early 2019, I work on a freelance basis supporting local authorities and social care providers to achieve better outcomes for vulnerable people.

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