Chief exec of carers group moves to NHS

Chris Easton, chief executive of Calderdale Parents and Carers.
Chris Easton, chief executive of Calderdale Parents and Carers.

The chief executive of the Calderdale Parents and Carers group is stepping down after three years.

Chris Easton, 34, has helped develop a medium to long term strategy for the group and is confident he leaves them in a better shape then when he started.

“The organisation has fundamentally changed in that time,” he said.

“We have grown five-fold and developed a clearer position in Calderdale and better relations with other organisations.”

Mr Easton, from Holmfirth, will take up a role working on patient and public voice in NHS England and said his time in Calderdale will have a lasting impression on his career.

“The main thing I will take away is the connection to families. I’ve not had a job before where I’ve worked so closely with people and I will take that away into a national role.

“The experience will keep the rest of my career very honest.”

Mr Easton will split his time between the two jobs over the coming weeks before his successor is appointed at the end of June.