Social Work England - Non-Executive Director

Body: Social Work England
Appointing Department: Department for Education
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Education, Health and Social Care, Regulation
Location: Meetings will take place in Social Work England’s premises in Sheffield and other locations including London.
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £350 a day plus expenses
Time Requirements: Up to 25 days per annum


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

Dr Adi Cooper OBE and Dr Sue Ross have been appointed to serve as non-executive directors on the board of Social Work England. Their appointments commenced on 4 October 2021 for a period of 3 years.

Mark Lam has also been reappointed as Board Member for Social Work England. His new term will commence on 11 January 2022 for a period of 2 years.

Remuneration for all board members is up to £8,750 per annum for an estimated time commitment of up to 25 days.

The Register of Interests of Social Work England’s Board members is published on their website.

Neither of the new appointees or Mark Lam have declared any political activity.

Social Work England is a non-departmental government body, that regulates social workers in England, so that people receive the best possible support whenever they might need it in life. Board member appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Education.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    24/05/2021 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Engagement Event


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    13/10/2021 at 14:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are seeking up to two Non-Executive Directors to join the Board of Social Work England, the new specialist regulator for social workers.

Social Work England is an arm’s length body of the Department for Education. It employs around 200 staff and has an operating budget in the region of £20 million. Social Work England began regulating social workers in December 2019.

Social Work England’s Non-Executive Directors provide an input to a wide range of organisational and operational issues and oversee the delivery of Social Work England’s functions and objectives as a specialist regulator. They contribute to a variety of different Social Work England groups, meetings and stakeholder events.

You will be able to contribute extensive experience of social work leadership within statutory social work service delivery in children’s social care and/or adult social care. You will be able to think strategically and constructively influence decisions at senior Board level. You will have the ability to develop collaborative relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders. This will include other regulators; professional associations; training providers; and employers as well as the social work profession itself and those who use and need its services.

Applicants from under-represented groups, those based outside London and the South East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes are particularly encouraged.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • Significant experience of social work leadership within statutory service delivery in children’s social care and/or adult social care, along with a commitment to Social Work England values, behaviours and culture.
  • Understanding and knowledge of the role of a non-executive director, together with an ability to set direction and engage in constructive debate and challenge at all levels.
  • An ability to work collaboratively and a commitment to engaging people with lived experience of social work.
  • A strong track record demonstrating a commitment to the values of levelling up and improving the lives of the most marginalised in our society, and an ability to champion these and ensure that they underpin the Board’s work.

Additional Information

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet representatives of Social Work England’s National Advisory Forum for an “engagement event” on 19th July 2021. The Forum’s role is to act as a critical friend to Social Work England and is responsible for providing advice, support and challenge to its work. The membership comprises social workers; people with lived experience of social work; and education and training providers.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 24th May at midday.

Information on the timetable for this campaign, selection process and the Advisory Assessment Panel can be found on the Centre for Public Appointments website:

Please submit the following documents by email to:

  1. A covering letter not exceeding two sides of A4 paper. (Arial size 12).
  2. A CV.
  3. Candidate application form.
  4. Diversity form.

Please include the vacancy title in the subject box and submit each application document as a separate attachment.

We are happy to accept applications in alternative formats from applicants who, for reasons of disability, may find it difficult to fill in our standard form. If you would like to have a chat with us about reasonable adjustments please contact us at:

Please note the following:

  • we cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date;
  • applications will be assessed solely on the documentation provided; please refer to the advert and checklist above to ensure you have provided everything requested;
  • applications will be acknowledged upon receipt;
  • feedback cannot be given at application stage; it will only be given to candidates unsuccessful following interview.
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