ADASS POLICY/PRESS adviser Drew Clode is leaving the association after over 30 years involvement with ADASS and its predecessor, ADSS.

Engaged initially to launch ADSS’s first and only weekly news magazine – Social Services Insight - in October 1985, he was appointed by a panel which included noted directors of their day, John Chant (Somerset), Wally Harbert (Avon), Tom White (Coventry), Ann Parker (Berkshire) and David Townsend (Haringey).

The magazine closed in 1990, and after a brief spell as associate editor with Community Care, Drew joined ADSS as its policy/press adviser in the summer of 1991.

He had previously been the first social services correspondent for the Health and Social Services Journal (now HSJ) then deputy editor, and then managing editor of Social Work Today, the weekly news journal of the British Association of Social Workers.

He said: “It has been an extraordinary experience to have served both associations through all the high days and low days of our social services story. Providing the means through which social services management presented itself to a sometimes very hostile media has been a fascinating privilege, as has been working with some of the brightest and best that English, and before the separation Welsh, social care have given rise to.

“I wish the association all the best for the future.”

ADASS president Ray James said, “Like so many Presidents before me, I have come to greatly respect and value Drew’s deep “media savvy” understanding of all matters concerning social care. ADASS has so much to be thankful to him for over so many years and we extend our warmest wishes for all his future plans.”


For further information contact

Ray James, 020 8379 4160

Drew Clode, 020 8348 5023 mob: 07976 837755

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Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of children’s services for their authority.