The shorlist for the 2017 Social Worker of the Year Awards has now been announced and the winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in November. #SWA17

Charity Governance

The Social Worker of the Year Awards is a registered charity (No. 1144458) with a small team which manages and steers the development of the awards.

The aims of the charity are to:

  • Give recognition to the challenging work of qualified social workers
  • Promote best practice in the profession and celebrate success
  • Improve understanding of the range of work which social workers undertake
  • Celebrate and promote diversity and equal opportunities in social care

The charity is managed by a Board of Trustees who all give their time voluntarily to support the development of the awards.

Meet The Trustees


Peter Hay CBE, Chair

Peter Hay is an experienced national and local leader of social care and public sector services and brings a wealth of experience from a social work career which spans over 30 years.

 

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Beverley Williams MBE, Founder

Beverley worked in the social housing sector for 23 years and changed careers aged 40 when she became a foster carer and first came in touch with social workers. A mother of three, she qualified with…

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James Rook, Trustee

James has worked in health and social care for the past 15 years, previously running two of the largest health and social care providers in the UK.

 

Since 2005 he has been Managing Director of S…

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Ruth Smith, Trustee

Ruth Smith is the award-winning editor of Community Care, the online information source for social workers and media partner to the awards. She has reported on social care issues for 10 years, coveri…

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Jenni Randall, Trustee

Jenni Randall is a registered social worker with almost 50 years’ experience in the social work sector.

 

Her impressive social work career, which has been predominantly in children’s services, h…

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Joanna Nicolas, Trustee

Joanna Nicolas has over 22 years’ experience working in social care, spending the last 9 years as a child protection consultant, trainer, author and expert witness to the court. Prior to this, she wo…

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Rob Mitchell, Trustee

Rob’s career in social care and social work began over twenty-five years ago, the last seven of which have been at a senior level reporting to the Director Adult Social Services within a Local Author…

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Ana Popovici, Trustee

Ana Popovici is currently Deputy Director of Children's Services at the London Borough of Hillingdon having moved there as Assistant Director in March 2016. She was previously Assistant Director at t…

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