Mr Keith Shepherd (Chair, Trustee)
Mr Mike Bellamy (Trustee)
Mrs Zoe King (Independent Advisor)
Ms Helen Christie (Independent Advisor)
Ms Susan Kay (Executive Director, ex offcio)
Mr Eren Osman (Independent Advisor)
Mr John Ransford CBE (Trustee)
John trained as a social worker and started his career as a Probation Officer in London. Then for twenty five years he worked in local government in Yorkshire, becoming successively Director of Social Services and Chief Executive, first in Kirklees Metropolitan Borough and then at North Yorkshire County Council.
He held several senior roles in ADASS (now The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) and was Honorary Secretary from 1992 to 1996. He was awarded the CBE for services to social work in 1997.
From 1998 to 2011 he worked at the Local Government Association (LGA) supporting councils in England and Wales and representing them in Whitehall and Westminster. During this period he led on health and social policy, public protection services and pay, conditions and pensions for local government staff. He was the lead national employer’s officer dealing with the Fire Service dispute from 2002 to 2005. More widely, he was responsible for consultation and negotiations with local government and health bodies in regional, national and European forums. He became Chief Executive of the LGA in 2009 until his retirement in December 2011.
A Trustee of the Dunhill Medical Trust since 2013 and Chair of its Investment Committee from 2014 until 2019, John is active in national and local lobbying for improved and sustainable health and social care. He is a Director of HC-One Ltd, a major national provider of residential care for older people, and a non-executive Director of Care Management Group providing high quality services for people with learning disabilities. He is also Chairman of the management company of the Spurriergate Centre, a charitable enterprise in the centre of York, the city where he lives.
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