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About Kate Allen, Kingwood’s Chief Executive (CEO)

How long have you worked in Social Care?

I have been leading people and teams for more than 25 years. I changed direction of my career in 2002 leaving the corporate world and Information Technology to pursue a vocation in the charitable sector. I left a large, leading disability charity to join Autism at Kingwood in 2009, originally as Director of Services and before becoming Chief Executive in 2015.  I have been a registered manager and/or responsible individual with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for more than 15 years.

I am also the England Chair for the Association for Real Change (ARC), a member led umbrella organisation assisting over 100 providers in the learning disability sector to deliver outstanding services. Through Autism at Kingwood and ARC, I continually push and drive for the provision of quality services to vulnerable adults.

What type of person are you?

I  am friendly, helpful and a usually happy person. I enjoy being with other people although I also like being on my own and quiet time.

In 2016 I completed my Master’s Degree in Health & Social Care with distinction having focused on recruitment in the sector as the dissertation project. I am passionate about creating a positive working environment. If we are happy in the workplace I believe it will bring us closer to helping the people we support to be happy.

I live in Hampshire with my husband and 2 cats, and I enjoy making the most of work and non-work time with an assortment of interests from motorcycling to gardening.

What is your job at Kingwood?

The job of a Chief Executive (CEO) is to be responsible for the organisation.  I make plans with the team at Head Office on how to make sure we provide really good support for people with autism; create a good and nice workplace and also make sure we have enough money to pay for everything.  I plan for the future to keep the charity strong and focused on our core purpose.