ADASS welcomes it's fourth national president

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Tuesday, April 22 2010
Embargo: Immediate

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has welcomed Richard Jones as its new President for 2010/2011, with the presidential chain of office being passed on to him by outgoing President Jenny Owen at the Associations annual general meeting in Brighton.

Richard, who is currently executive director, adult and community services for Lancashire County Council, told his colleagues at the ADASS spring seminar, that he was 'proud and privileged to have been elected to serve this presidential year. And he paid tribute to immediate past Jenny Owen for the 'tremendously successful way she has led the Association during the past 12 months.

Macclesfield-born, he grew up in Kent where he took his first non-qualified job in social care. After studying at Bristol, and gaining his professional qualifications in Nottingham, he took his first job as a qualified social worker in Bolton. Richard worked in Cleveland and Manchester, before being appointed as Director in St Helens before going on to work for the Social Services Inspectorate in the north west as an assistant chief inspector.

He was appointed director in Lancashire in 2003, and has played an important role in the local Northwest Region of the Association of which until recently he was chair.

He has warned of a 'tough year to come' in social care: one which would see many challenges, including maintaining the momentum for a sustainable settlement for care and support. "ADASS has much to contribute in terms of the learning we have done to date and the leadership that we have provided to the wider reform agenda for public services and working with people as citizens with real choice and control.

"We also have a major role to play in the development of a new paradigm for leadership of place and in working differently with communities and other partners to build new approaches to delivering positive outcomes for the communities we seek to lead and shape," he said.

Integration will be a key feature of this new approach to leadership. Integration for me is about an approach which seeks to align systems to a common aim. Government can help by being tight on outcomes and ensuring there are integrated performance measures while allowing local places to develop their own solutions.

"You can't mandate integration from a national level and we need to move to a better rebalancing of influence and shared leadership between the centre and what is done locally just as we need a rebalancing of what is done by public sector agencies and what is developed and commissioned from voluntary and community sector resources."

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For further information contact:
Richard Jones, President of ADASS, 01772 534390
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023

Pictures of Richard Jones available on request.