CATHIE WILLIAMS has been appointed ADASS's first ever chief officer - a post that was created following a review of the Association's management and organisation conducted by EY (Ernst and Young). Cathie said today that she was "thrilled to bits" to have been appointed, and feels enormously privileged to be working "with a first rate team and a first rate organisation."

Formerly a director of social services firstly in Slough and then the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, she has both broad and in-depth knowledge of, and experience in, the management of social services. Previously she worked for Oxfordshire and Berkshire County Councils, but cut her social teeth as a peripatetic residential care officer in Gloucestershire County Council.

Latterly, Cathie worked freelance and has been principal adviser for safeguarding adults for the Local Authority Organisation, working very closely with ADASS, NHS, and police partners.
 
She has, as well, considerable experience of ADASS and it's predecessor organisation ADSS. She has been secretary to its flourishing and lively Associates Network since 2010 which has included representation on the ADASS Executive Council.
 
She said: "I am extremely pleased and proud to have been appointed to this post. I see ADASS as my professional `home' and I am enormously committed to the organisation. As a director it was always to the Association that I looked for policy and practice material to use locally.
 
"I share ADASS's vision -  and have enormous respect for it's long history of contributing to improving the lives of people across the country, both through its policy input, and the delivery of that policy through its members."
 
ADASS President David Pearson said: “We are delighted to welcome Cathie to this new post: it’s a great opportunity to work with directors across the country to help shape the future both of ADASS and of social care. Cathie brings a wealth of experience to this post and a real passion about the difference that social care can make to people’s lives and we are looking forward to working with her."