Non-Executive Board Member

Body: Social Work England
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Education, Health and Social Care, Regulation
Location: Sheffield
Number of Vacancies: Up to 8
Remuneration: £350 a day plus expenses
Time Requirements: An estimated time commitment of up to 15 days per annum.


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Jonathan Gorvin, Dr Andrew McCulloch, Dr Helen Phillips and Baroness Tyler of Enfield were appointed as non-executive members of Social Work England’s Board for 3 years, from 10 August 2018.

Remuneration is £350 a day for an estimated time commitment of up to 15 days per annum, with an expectation that this will reduce once Social Work England starts regulating the social work profession.

Jonathan Gorvin is currently Head of Regulatory Policy and Development at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a trustee of the Science Council. Previously, Jonathan worked internationally in a variety of policy and strategy roles, across several professional and regulatory bodies. In 2015, as Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Press Recognition Panel, he developed the regulatory framework for recognising press self-regulators following the Leveson Inquiry.

Dr Andrew McCulloch is chair of GMC Services International, a board member of Healthwatch England and a freelance consultant in health and social care and international development. Until 2017 he was chief executive of the Picker Institute Europe – a world leader in evaluating and reporting on patient/staff experiences in health and social care. Prior to joining Picker, Andrew was chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation. He was previously a civil servant at the Department of Health.

Dr Helen Phillips is chairman of the board of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and chair of the Legal Services Board. She was the founding chief executive of Natural England, establishing the organisation as a new environmental regulator. She has strategic and operational experience across a range of bodies.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield (Claire Tyler) has recently stepped down as chair of the board at the Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) after serving 2 terms. Cafcass is the largest employer of social workers in the country. Previously, Claire was CEO of the national charity Relate and before that she was a senior civil servant at the Department for Education (DfE). Claire became a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords in 2011 and recently chaired the House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion.

The new board members have declared the following political activity and conflicts of interest:
•Baroness Tyler became a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords in 2011
•Dr McCulloch’s partner is a social worker

Social Work England is a non-departmental body of DfE. The appointment of the board members is made jointly by the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/05/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 11th June

  • Final Interview Date

    w/c 25th June and w/c 2nd July

  • Announcement


Please note, interviews will now be held weeks commencing 25th June and 2nd July.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

High quality social work can transform lives. Social workers play an absolutely critical role in our society, delivering a range of vital services to vulnerable children, families and adults. Social Work England will be a new specialist regulator for all social workers that has an absolute focus on protecting the health and wellbeing of those individuals who need social work support. The credibility of the regulator will depend on its ability to deliver its core regulatory functions effectively and efficiently, supporting and protecting the public from the outset.

The Department for Education and the Department of Health & Social Care are seeking to appoint up to eight Non-Executive Directors to Social Work England’s Board. As Social Work England’s governing body, the Board will need high quality non-executive members with expertise and abilities across a range of areas including IT, finance and commerce, business and organisational transformation, change management and human resources development. Knowledge and understanding of social work practice and protecting people who are vulnerable, and experience of statutory regulation, will also be very important; as well as a commitment to the values of equality, human rights, inclusion and servuce user engagement.


Person Specification

We are looking to appoint individuals with a range of skills, ideally in the context of organisations undergoing set-up and/or newly formed organisations.

Non-executive board members will have expertise and ability in:

  • a commitment to the values of equality, human rights and inclusion and an ability to champion these and ensure that they underpin the work of the Board;
  • a commitment to the active engagement of service users and the principles of co-production in all activities;
  • setting strategic direction and engaging in constructive debate and challenge at all levels;
  • working collaboratively as part of a group to plan and facilitate strategic decisions.


Along with expertise and ability in one or more of the following areas:

  • designing, developing and delivering complex, modern digital/data/technology systems and services that meet user needs;
  • financial management and accounting, including audit and procurement experience;
  • risk management, including management of organisational performance and governance at a senior level;
  • commercial and/or operational management, including the development of processes, strategies and policies;
  • business transformation and change management at a strategic level;
  • planning and developing human resources policies and strategies including pay, remuneration, performance management and reward issues;
  • social work experience across children and/or adults, mental health and Higher Education Institutions;
  • an understanding of statutory regulation.


Additional Information

These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.


How to Apply

  • Submit an up-to-date CV and a separate personal statement (each approximately two sides of A4 in length) that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements for the role.
  • Complete and return the candidate application form (Annex A of the candidate information pack).
  • Complete and return the diversity form.


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