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Appointment of Sharon Houlden, Executive Director of Social Care and Health

The Royal Borough of Kingston has appointed Sharon Houlden as its new Executive Director of Social Care and Health.

Sharon is joining Kingston Council at a crucial time. The Council is focused in its ambition to be progressive in its thinking to deliver the best possible outcomes for its communities. Sharon will play an essential role in helping to develop the integrated care system for Kingston and especially the work to support intergenerational complex lives.

As the national policy lead for digital communications and technology for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and a member of the Department for Health and Social Care Digital Social Care Advisory Group, Sharon brings significant experience and an impressive national profile. 

Ian Thomas CBE, Chief Executive of Kingston Council, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Sharon to Kingston. The importance of delivering great social care has never been clearer, and Kingston is committed to building on its record of providing exceptional levels of care to its residents and supporting them to maintain their independence. 

Members were particularly impressed by Sharon’s experience at delivering a strategic vision, transformation and integration. These skills will be invaluable as we continue to work more closely with community partners, including the NHS and other local authorities, to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of our residents.

“The quality of care that our teams provide for residents across the borough every day is testament to the skill, resilience and dedication of the team Sharon will now be leading. I look forward to supporting Sharon in her work to continue to strengthen and develop our capabilities, building on the borough’s impressive record of innovation and excellence.”

Sharon Houlden said:

“I’m very excited to be joining Kingston to lead its work to deliver its health and social care services. The borough is known for its heritage and creativity, and offers its residents the opportunity to prosper and reach their full potential among their strong communities. 

As the Executive Director of Social Care and Health I look forward to working with these communities to develop and deliver an integrated care system that can support everyone’s needs. In particular, I’m looking forward to working with officers, elected members and partners in Kingston to embed and build on the high standards of practice and performance, and achieve ambitious goals that will prepare Kingston for the future.”

Sharon is aiming to start her new role with Kingston in the Autumn.