ADASS celebrates election of new vice president 
Date: Friday 6 September 2013

David Pearson has been elected Vice-President of ADASS a move which will see him becoming President at the Associations annual general meeting in April 2014.

David has been a director for Nottinghamshire County Council since 2005. He has covered the role of director of resources for the authority and is also the deputy chief executive.

Thanking his colleagues for their support, he said today: Being vice president provides a fantastic opportunity to work with you as we collectively seek to influence and shape the future of adult social care and provide support to each other in our roles as leaders of the sector.

For those of you who know me, I hope you recognise the passion and dedication I have for high quality, personalised and effective social care services which reflect the needs and aspirations of service users and carers.

He went on to thank his authority for providing the opportunity for him to take up these posts, and for his members `total support. As an experienced Director, I believe Nottinghamshire County Council has derived enormous benefit from the work of ADASS in providing leadership and innovation in the sector with social care partners and central government.

We all face major challenges and have increasingly diverse responsibilities. The opportunity for peer support is a vital part of our commitment to each other. During Davids tenure, Nottinghamshire has become one of the best performing authorities in the country.

David started his career as a social worker, and subsequently worked for over 30 years both in social care and integrated social care and health services. He chaired a Clinical Commissioning Group Board in its shadow year.

He became involved with ADASS in 2002 as part of the Resources Network. He is currently chair of the East Midlands branch and hosts the social care Joint Improvement Programme. He is also a member of the national local government and health transitions taskforce and has been at the forefront of work to support the development of Health and Wellbeing Boards across the East Midlands. He has also been involved in the implementation of other aspects of the Health and Social Care Act, and represents ADASS on the National Steering Group for developing the social care market.

ADASS President Sandie Keene said today: My heartfelt congratulations to David on his election. I look forward to working with him closely, both as President and, after April next year, Immediate Past President, as we confront some of the most difficult but stimulating challenges that have been faced by social care services so far this century


For further information contact:
David Pearson, Vice-President, ADASS 0115 977 4636
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

David's biography can be found on the Nottinghamshire County Council website at

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 childrens services for their authority.