ADASS pays tribute to honoured Presidents

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Embargo: Immediate

Directors of Adult social services have paid tribute to two former Presidents of their professional association, ADASS, who have been given awards in the Queens annual Birthday Honours.

Tony Hunter, who is currently chief executive for North East Lincolnshire Council, receives the OBE, and Jenny Owen, deputy chief executive and director of adults, health and community wellbeing for Essex County Council receives a CBE.

Tony was president of ADSS ADASSs predecessor Association - for the 12 months to October 2005 having been deeply involved in the work of its standards and performance committee. Born in Doncaster he worked in various roles in the statutory and private sectors, as well as working as a consultant with Price Waterhouse Management Consultancy for a spell, before taking his first directors role in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

From there he moved to Liverpool, and combined managing the directorate there with being chair of the ADSS resources committee. In this latter capacity he was responsible for working with the Local Government Association on the annual joint ADSS/LGA budget survey.

Jenny is Berkshire-born, and worked for the London Borough of Islington from 1977 until 1989 when she moved to Hertfordshire before joining the Social Services Inspectorate, finally becoming an assistant chief inspector in 1995. Ten years later she joined Essex County Council as its director.

A trustee of the Social Care Institute of Excellence, she spent a year co-chairing the National Dementia Strategy alongside Sube Bannerjee. Within the Association she co-chaired the older peoples committee for three years and went on to play a significant role in shaping the emerging Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). She was ADASS President from April 2009 until April 2010.

ADASS Honorary Secretary Sarah Pickup said that the Association pays a warm tribute to both these former Presidents who have contributed so much to the work of ADSS/ADASS, and who have done so much to improve social care services for individuals and families throughout their careers. We are all very proud of them.


Photographs of Tony and Jenny available on request

For further information contact:
Sarah Pickup, ADASS Honorary Secretary, 01992  556301
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755