Marilyn Bentham has joined the Wilberforce Trust executive team as Operations Manager, a strategic development role. Initially she will oversee both the supported housing and rehabilitation services of Wilberforce, previously the roles of the Accommodation Services Manager and Rehabilitation Services Manager, but will be working with staff in these teams to develop and improve on delivery of services.
Marilyn comes to Wilberforce with a wealth of experience of the social services sector in Yorkshire, most recently as Service Manager for Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairment at the City of York Council.
“This is an exciting time to join Wilberforce because of the national agenda for change in social services, within which local authorities are moving from being providers to commissioners, looking to the charity and private sectors to provide the services needed”, says Marilyn. The improved ways of working which are necessary to develop in Wilberforce will provide a lot of opportunities for existing Wilberforce employees to develop new roles and responsibilities.
Marilyn, initially from Hull but now living on the Wolds in East Yorkshire, is a qualified social worker who has worked in three Yorkshire local authorities – East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and the City of York so, she says, “I am well versed in how local authorities operate”.
Her management role at the City of York Council meant she was working with sensory loss and occupational therapy teams in the council but also working closely with local support organisations such as the Wilberforce Trust and the York Blind and Partially Sighted Society and liaising with the children’s team and education.
As a social worker she worked in and around York, Beverley and Malton/Scarborough. She was a senior practitioner covering Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale and a care manager in Selby. At a national level she has represented local authorities on the Department of Health long term neurological conditions advisory group http://www.ltnc.org.uk/people.html and sat on the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services national working group for physical conditions.
Marilyn adds: “I shall be ensuring that whatever services Wilberforce provides in the future build on the values of the organisation and continue to deliver the high quality of service which is reflected in everything we do”.