Introducing Stuart Sale, The New Ann Craft Trust CEO

Stuart Sale Ann Craft Trust CEO

Following Dr Deborah Kitson’s retirement, Stuart Sale is the new Ann Craft Trust CEO.

Stuart was formerly a Group Manager in adult social care at Nottinghamshire County Council. There he was responsible for the Maximising Independence Service. This is a network of teams spread across Nottinghamshire who work with people to promote their independence and wellbeing. They also work to reduce or delay their need for social care services.

Stuart previously managed the Council’s Adult Safeguarding Services. He has worked closely with the Ann Craft Trust as an associate trainer and conference speaker. He’s also delivered university lectures on behalf of the Trust. And as an occasional visitor to the Safeguarding Network, he represents the Local Authority’s viewpoint on specific issues.

I hope to protect Ann Craft’s legacy through continuing the excellent work the Trust already does to provide research opportunities and raise awareness of key safeguarding issues while supporting organisations to develop their practice and thinking.

Although I didn’t know Ann personally, I have heard and read many tales about her determination to make effective change when it comes to supporting adults at risk. I hope that my own perseverance and my collaborative approach to empowering people will allow her legacy to live on.

The work that the Trust does is invaluable and I’m so pleased to finally begin my role. I hope I can continue the amazing work started by Ann Craft and developed by the equally inspirational outgoing CEO Dr Deborah Kitson. I’m really excited to join the team and have the opportunity to work with such dedicated staff and partners.

– Stuart Sale, Ann Craft Trust CEO, January 2023

Outgoing CEO Dr Deborah Kitson said:

I am so pleased to welcome Stuart to the Ann Craft Trust.

I have been fortunate to have been a member of the team for so many years and to see it flourish. This is due to the commitment of everyone working and supporting the Trust to creating safer cultures where everyone has the opportunity to live life safely and to have their voices heard.

I know that Stuart shares the values of the team and will contribute enormously to the charity established by Ann in 1992.