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Carers Wales appoints new Director

05 March 2013
Carers Wales Welcomes New Head - and Bids Fond Farewell to Retiring Director
Carers UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Keith Bowen as Director of Carers Wales.
Keith moves from Manager for Contact a Family Wales to take up the post, following the retirement of Roz Williamson. Keith is currently also the Chair of the Wales Carers Alliance.
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: 
“We are delighted to welcome Keith as Director of Carers Wales. Keith has a long history of working with carers and families of disabled children and adults. We have made great progress in winning stronger rights for carers but families across Wales and the whole of the UK face growing anxiety about Government’s welfare changes. I have no doubt Keith’s great experience will ensure carers’ voices are heard at the highest levels.
“As we welcome Keith to Carers UK and Carers Wales, I would also like to thank Roz for her great work for the carers cause over the past 12 years – a sentiment I know Keith will echo. Roz has provided Carers Wales with fantastic leadership, making incredibly important steps forward for those who are caring for seriously ill, disabled and older loved ones in Wales. She will be much missed by all her colleagues and also those who she has worked with outside our charity, carers and professionals alike.”
Keith Bowen took up his new post on 4th March.
Keith Bowen, incoming Director of Carers Wales said: 
“It is a very exciting time to be starting with Carers Wales, as there is so much happening at a Wales and UK level which will have a major impact on the lives of carers. I have been working with families of disabled children for the past thirteen years and been an active member of the Wales Carers Alliance for most of that time. Before that I worked in the voluntary and statutory sector with adults with learning disabilities, children leaving care, substance misuse and homelessness. There have been considerable developments over the years although for many the challenges of caring remain the same. So I am looking forward to working closely with carers and professionals to improve the lives of carers across Wales.”
Roz Williamson retires after 12 years as director of Carers Wales. Under Roz’s lead there have been key changes in the recognition of carers within Wales – both among the general public and within the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government.
Roz played an active role in advising Welsh Government and in helping to shape the strong cross-party support for carers issues in the Assembly and in local authorities.
She was closely involved in the development of the first Carers Strategy for Wales in 2000, in the programme to improve the support for carers in employment and in the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010 which places a duty on the NHS in Wales to inform and support carers.
Roz Williamson, retiring Director of Carers Wales said:
“It has been a huge privilege to work to ensure family carers get the recognition and support they deserve. Things have improved in terms of the recognition of the role of carers but there is still so much to do. Many families are still left to struggle with caring for someone without proper help and support and things are particularly difficult at the moment. Carers feel very worried about cuts to welfare and public services and Carers UK needs to be fighting to ensure their voices get heard. I am sure Keith Bowen will be a great champion for carers in Wales.”
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