ADASS elects a new honorary secretary Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Monday 21st February 2011
Embargo: Immediate

Richard Webb, Executive Director of Communities at Sheffield City Council, will take up post as the new Honorary Secretary for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) at the Association's AGM in April.

Richard, 40, has been the Association's joint lead for mental health, drugs and alcohol policy since 2008 and, as such, has been involved in recent multi-agency work which contributed to the publication of the new No Health without Mental Health national strategy.

He was born and brought up in Portsmouth, Hampshire, albeit with strong family roots in the North, and he has spent most of his adult life north of the Watford Gap.

Having studied at Durham University, he started his career as an NHS management trainee in Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked in both the NHS and Local Government since 1992, including in Gateshead, Stockton on Tees (where he spent ten years) and as Corporate Director at Telford and Wrekin Council from 2005 - 2009.

He joined Sheffield City Council in August 2009 and has responsibility for adult social care, the 'people' side of housing, community assemblies, community cohesion and safety and library services.

Richard is passionate about social care and the role that it can play in peoples lives. He said this week that adult social care should stand up for the people it serves; for its enduring values; and for its many successes as well as being clear about the need to improve, reform and make changes for the better.

Having a strong leadership organisation in ADASS is more important than ever. And I believe that ADASSs ambition of Working for Social Justice is about more than the delivery of care services, important as they are: its about working with people to have choice and control over all aspects of their lives.

Richard is looking forward to being part of the Presidents Team and, in particular, hopes that he can contribute to ADASSs continuing development as an inclusive and forward-looking organisation, encouraging the next generation of directors and reflecting the diversity of modern Britain.

Current Honorary Secretary Sarah Pickup, who will become ADASS Vice-President at the same time as Richard take up his post, said: "I am sure members will join me in congratulating Richard on his success. I very much look forward to working with him as a member of the Presidents team."

For further information contact:
Richard Webb, ADASS Honorary Secretary Designate, 0114 273 5167
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755