ADASS Congratulates Colleagues Honoured in the 2009 New Year's List

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday January 2, 2009
Embargo: Immediate

ADASS President John Dixon has written to John Coughlan, Director of Childrens Services for Hampshire County Council, congratulating him on the CBE he has been awarded in the 2009 New Years Honours List.

Before becoming President of the former Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS), John distinguished himself with a long standing membership, and ultimately chairmanship, of the Associations Children and Families Committee.

He became ADSS President in October 2006 and, alongside incoming ADASS President Anne Williams and other colleagues, played a prominent part in the development of the two new Associations which emerged when local authorities constructed separate adults and childrens services departments.

He relinquished the ADSS Presidency in March 2007, becoming the first co-president, with Dudley Childrens Service Director John Freeman, of the Association of Directors of Childrens Services.

In his letter, John Dixon speaks of the `vital part Coughlan has played in shaping the future of social services in the UK. Your contribution to the work of the ADSS, as it was then, and your drive in steering us towards establishing the two new associations, is also much appreciated. I believe your CBE is greatly deserved and wish you all the best for the future.

The ADASS President also welcomed the award of a CBE to John Freeman, and congratulated him, too, on the contribution he has made to the development of childrens services in the UK.  Executive Director of IDeA Lucy de Groots CBE for her significant public service over the course of her career was also acknowledged.

Researcher and vice president of the GSCC Melanie Henwood was also congratulated by ADASS for the OBE she received in the Honours List. According to John Dixon: It is good to see your work acknowledged, both as a result of your significant contribution to research and analysis of health and social care issues over the course of your career and currently for your role as Vice Chair of GSCC. 


For further information, please contact :
John Dixon, President ADASS, 01243 777660
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/0976 837755

Pictures of John Dixon and John Coughlan available on request

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors of adult social services in local authorities in England and Northern Ireland. DASSs have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people and adults with disabilities, while over 50 per cent also run social housing departments. ADASS members might also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of leisure, library, culture and arts services within their councils.