Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Home Care Association, was awarded a CBE for services to social care and the voluntary sector in the Queen’s birthday honours. She is the second Wellington resident to be honoured following Naomi Thomas’s British Empire Medal as founder of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.
UKHCA Chair Mike Padgham said, “UKHCA’s Board and executive team are absolutely delighted to see Bridget’s contributions to social care and the voluntary sector honoured today.
“This is a richly-deserved award which is a tribute to the fantastic work Bridget does to improve the support available to people across the country.
“Bridget brings a passion, energy and enthusiasm to her role as a Chief Executive that has helped transform our organisation. She has brought the care of people in their own home and the development of the staff who provide that care to another level.
“All of us in social care and the many thousands who benefit from it are indebted to Bridget and today congratulate her on her nomination.”
Bridget Warr said, “I was delighted and humbled to receive this nomination. It is so encouraging that social care in all its guises is becoming well recognised as a vital service. It is essential that people in vulnerable situations can be confident that their health and wellbeing is valued by society.
“To do work that I enjoy, in an area about which I feel passionately, surrounded by so many hard-working, committed people is a pleasure.To have the importance of the work we all do recognised publicly is an absolute honour. I will be able to put the initials with my name now, which I hope I can use to reinforce the importance of social care.”
Bridget joined UKHCA as the Association’s chief executive in July 2010 having been the Chief Executive of Guide Dogs for the previous six years. After teaching for a year in the West Indies, she trained in social work and has wide experience in probation and local authority childcare, fostering and adoption services. Her career included working as the assistant director for the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and a number of roles at Director level at the national disability charity, Scope.