Welcome Barbara Hunt – New Director of Operations and Business Development
Outlook Care is delighted to welcome Barbara Hunt as its new Director of Operations and Business Development.
Barbara’s appointment is as a result of Anne Cooper’s retirement.
Piotr Rejek, Outlook Care’s Chief Executive said, ‘I am thrilled to be welcoming Barbara to the Outlook Care family. Barbara was the stand out candidate during a tough selection process where in excess of 120 candidates applied. Barbara will bring with her a passion and drive in delivering quality services for our customers; she has a proven record of accomplishment in her previous roles. Barbara shares the values of Outlook Care and I couldn’t be happier with her appointment.’
Barbara is thrilled to be joining the company saying, ‘I am really pleased to be joining Outlook Care. Over the summer I had the privilege of getting to know the organisation, its staff and their values, and it is great to be working for a company that is truly invested in person centred care.’
Barbara qualified as a general nurse in 1986 and went on to work in a large institution for women who had learning disabilities. She was shocked that these people who were not ill, but victims of social circumstance, were living in a hospital, cared for by nurses with no control over their lives, simply because they had a learning disability.
The horror of their plight affected Barbara profoundly and she was determined to always do everything possible to represent the rights and autonomy of vulnerable people and to ensure she played her part in developing Person Centred Care and Support. To this day, she remembers every single one of those women and they continue to inspire her.
Following the Community Care Act of 1990, long stay hospital closures began in earnest and Barbara worked as part of the Resettlement Programmes, mainly managing small community based homes for adults with learning disabilities.
She moved from the NHS into the voluntary sector then later, in 2000, spent several years as Service Manager in two Local Authorities as Principle Officer for services for adults with disabilities. She held the position of Safeguarding (POVA) lead for two years.
Barbara has spent over 30 years working for the NHS, third sector organisations and Local Authorities in Senior Management and Director positions. She has also been a lecturer in Health and Social Care and taught Human Biology at Swindon College as well as being Director of Operations in a Domiciliary Care business, supporting older people in the community.
Barbara is fiercely passionate about promoting equality, rights and dignity for every individual who requires care and support, for whatever reason, at whatever point in their lives, which is why ensuring Outlook Care delivers true personalised care and support is top of her agenda.
Barbara is from Wirral in Cheshire but moved to Wiltshire 18 years ago with her daughter, Grace. Both she and Grace adore animals and do whatever they can for animal welfare. Between them, they have two dogs and a cat.
Barbara’s hobbies are horse riding, reading and lots of dog walking.
I am really pleased to be joining Outlook Care. Over the summer I had the privilege of getting to know the organisation, its staff and their values, and it is great to be working for a company that is truly invested in person centred care.