Barbara Ward: 1940 - 2012

Barbara Ward, Telford & Wrekins first Director of Housing Health and Care, and former Mayor of Much Wenlock, who dedicated her working life to social care, died at Uplands Nursing Home in Shrewsbury on November 5 aged 72.& She had suffered from dementia for several years.

Mrs Ward grew up in North London but then moved to Exeter where she attended University.  She initially worked in a bank but decided she wanted to do something more useful and trained as a hospital social worker.  She worked in Essex for a while before moving to Dudley where, among other things, she led registration and inspection before becoming Telford & Wrekin Councils first Director of Housing, Health and Care in 1997 in preparation for Unitary status from April 1998.

Mrs Ward was an independent councillor in Much Wenlock and was Chairman of Much Wenlock Festival Committee.  She was also a governor at William Brookes School and a trustee of the Beth Johnson Housing Association.  Mrs Ward had two sons David and James - and two grandchildren- Lucca and Indigo.

Mrs Ward retired from her Director post in May 2001 but continued to be active within the community she was a chair of Mount Gilbert School and a member of the Community Foundation.  She was the Mayor of Much Wenlock in 2004/05 and remained heavily involved with the Much Wenlock Festival and the Midland Chorale.

Former ADASS President, former ADCS Joint President, and current Director of Childrens Services/Deputy Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council John Coughlan succeeded her in Telford and Wrekin. He said: It was a great privilege to follow in Barbaras footsteps. I will greatly miss her, as indeed will the community in which she remained so active.

A memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock on November 16 last year.