Age UK has appointed Steph Harland as its new CEO with immediate effect.
Harland has been acting CEO at Age UK, whose services include supporting elderly people with advice and information on home adaptations and mobility products, since September and before that was deputy CEO.
The appointment follows a competitive process at the end of last year.
Dianne Jeffrey, chairman of the Age UK Board Trustees, said: “Steph has an enviable track record at Age UK and the Recruitment Panel was extremely impressed by Steph’s vision and strategy for the future, as well as her passion for keeping those in later life at the heart of Age UK’s work. We have no doubt that she will be a strong and inspiring leader and that Age UK and its people will thrive under her leadership.”
Harland will be joined in February by Sir Brian Pomeroy, who has been appointed as the next chairman of the Age UK Board of Trustees when current chairman, Dianne Jeffrey, reaches the end of her final term.
Sir Brian joined the Age UK Board as a Trustee in 2017 having held many significant positions at charities, think-tanks, government commissions and taskforces, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.
Harland said: “As a person who is passionate about supporting older people, I’ve always been exceptionally proud to work for Age UK and of our role at the heart of a network of charities across the UK and around the world who share our determination to ensure that older people can love their later life. And so, I feel very honoured to be chosen to lead Age UK into the future. We are a strong and energetic organisation with important work to do, especially at a time when older people, the network and our sector face many difficult challenges.”