A Senior Director with over 30 years’ experience in social care, health and housing, latterly Director of Adult Care and Housing Options at Birmingham City Council until December 2016. Also Chaired and led the transformation of the Birmingham Safeguarding Adults Board for 4 years. Led major partnership arrangements enabling positive large-scale change and transformation. Considerable commercial and political acumen developed though key service re-designs. Passionate about combatting disadvantage.
Since early 2017, have carried out a range of independent cross-sector (Local Government and NHS) improvement, safeguarding, care market stability, Transforming Care/Building the Right Support (learning disability and autism) and risk management work for the Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) nationally and in the West Midlands, and work for individual local authorities. I was appointed as West Midlands ADASS Branch Secretary from November 2019 to March 2022.
Since March 2020 and during the Covid19 pandemic, I have been working largely full-time, in my ADASS regional role, on a range of adult social care Covid support activities – developing, sharing and interpreting guidance and advice primarily, and have led nationally for the LGA and ADASS on Covid funding-related issues, for example, leading on hospital discharge funding.
In early 2021, I joined a small national LGA Team providing bespoke adult social care financial reviews for individual councils.
I was one of two national ADASS Policy Leads for Safeguarding Adults for three years up until December 2021.
I am also a CIPFA-qualified Accountant.