ADASS congratulates former President on his appointment as Chief Executive of SCIE

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Date: Friday 20th September 2013
Embargo: Immediate

Sandie Keene, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, has welcomed todays news that Tony Hunter, currently chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Council, has been appointed incoming director of the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Mrs Keene said: "Tony has a deep experience of social care. The perspective he has gained in the past few years as a chief executive will help him bring a wide and wise understanding of its complexities into an important leadership role. And the important part he has played within SOLACE recently will only reaffirm his awareness of the strengths social care brings to the broader health and wellbeing agenda.

"He has had a long and distinguished career bringing excellence to all the local authorities he has worked with who, I am sure, will all wish him well. As will ADASS members who will recall the enormous amount of work he put into the former Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) culminating in an arduous but extremely successful presidential year from October 2004.

"We are all glad to welcome his knowledge and experience back into the sector at a time when they will be able to play an important part in the emerging new shape of adult social care."

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, President, ADASS, 01132 478700
Drew Clode, ADASS Media/Policy Adviser, 020 8348 5023 07976 837755

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.