Framework announces Dr Peter Barrett CBE, DL as its next Chair

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15 Feb 2016
by Neil Skinner

Framework has announced the appointment of a new Chair for its Board of Trustees.  He is Dr. Peter Barrett CBE DL.  Dr. Barrett will replace Bob McKittrick, the outgoing Chairman, in July of this year. 

Framework provides housing, support, care, treatment and training services for homeless, vulnerable and excluded people.  Last year more than 11,000 individuals in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire came to it for help.  The charity has recently concluded a recruitment process lasting several months to select a new Chair.

Peter Barrett

Dr. Barrett was Chair of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) until the summer of 2013.  He previously led the National Health Service Independent Reconfiguration Panel reporting to the Secretary of State for Health.  For 30 years prior to that he was a General Practitioner in Nottingham.  He joined Framework’s Board last month and will become its Chair at the Annual General Meeting in July. 

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Dr Barrett during a recent visit to Framework's Sherwood Street service in Mansfield.

Welcoming the appointment, Mr. McKittrick said that after nearly a decade in the role he is ready to hand over the reins.  He continued: 

 “Framework has been on a remarkable journey, developing integration between accommodation and support services that make an enormous difference to the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.  I am very happy with Framework's achievements especially during several very difficult years.  This is a good opportunity to pay tribute to the creativity, expertise and tenacity of Framework’s volunteer board, staff and service users.  I am delighted that someone of Peter’s calibre has come forward to lead the Board in the challenges that lie ahead.” 

Dr Barrett, who is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, added: 

 “In the fifteen years since it was created, Framework has become an important part of the voluntary sector. Its special focus on the most excluded people, some of whom have very complex needs, is a lifeline for them and a service to the whole community.  The quality of its work is founded on the passion and professionalism of its staff, many of whom I am now getting to know.  I look forward to working with them and the Board as we respond to increasing need with reduced resources.”  

Framework’s Chief Executive Andrew Redfern added his own welcome to Dr. Barrett: 

 “I am delighted that somebody of Peter’s stature and experience has volunteered to take on this important role at such a crucial time for us.  The work we do raises questions not only about why people find themselves in crisis but also on the best way to respond when resources are so tight.  With his unique background Peter will bring a new perspective to these issues that I know will be of huge benefit to us.”   

Mr. Redfern also paid tribute to Bob McKittrick’s work since 2007. 

 “Bob has been a fantastic Chairman who leaves behind a very different organisation to the one he inherited.  I thank him sincerely on behalf of everyone at Framework.  There’ll be a proper chance to say ‘au revoir’ to Bob in the summer; in the meantime he will continue to chair the Board while Peter finds his feet.  It’s really good to have such a smooth handover and I am grateful to those who led such an efficient and successful process to find our next Chair.  The future will be no easier than the recent past but there is every reason for optimism about the outcomes we can deliver.”      

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