Leadership

Colum Conway

Colum became Chief Executive of Social Work England in September 2018. He is a registered social worker and previously led the professional regulator for social work and social care in Northern Ireland from 2013 to 2018. Prior to this, Colum spent six years as Chief Executive of a large not-for-profit organisation providing care services in all programmes of care across both jurisdictions in Ireland. Colum has worked in statutory family and child care services, early years policy, funding and service provision, and family systems support services in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Sarah Blackmore

Sarah is the Executive Director of Standards and qualified as a social worker from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. Since then, she has worked in a variety of national and international contexts, from frontline practice in Dublin, to working with street children and ex-child soldiers in Sierra Leone during the civil war, to managing services for children and families in the UK. Sarah has worked across statutory, voluntary and regulatory services. She has spent the last six years in Scotland, where she was Deputy Director of Inspection with the Scottish social care regulator, and Executive Director of Delivery and Development for a large mental health charity.

Jonathan Dillon

Jon is the Executive Director, Fitness to Practise and is an experienced senior manager with a background in safeguarding and public policy. He has specialised in health and social care regulation since 2007 and has played a key role in the migration of social work regulation from the General Social Care Council to the Health and Care Professions Council in 2012. As Head of Adjudications at the General Dental Council, he led a significant change and improvement programme with a focus on safe and effective practice, proportionate adjudication and enhanced collaboration.

Philip Hallam

Prior to joining Social Work England as Executive Director, Registration and Quality Assurance, Philip was Assistant Director of Scrutiny and Quality at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, where he was responsible for leading the Authority’s reviews of the nine health and care regulators. Before that, he was Head of Registration at the General Optical Council, and has also led casework teams at the General Dental Council and National Clinical Assessment Service.

Nadine Pemberton

Nadine is Executive Director, Legal with extensive experience as a lawyer in the public sector. She started her career as a prosecutions lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service and then Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office before taking on an advisory role at what is now the Independent Office for Police Conduct. Nadine also worked as the enforcement lead and Head of Prosecutions at the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. Prior to joining Social Work England, Nadine was the Head of Governance & Legal Services at the Care Quality Commission where she was key in transforming the way in which the organisation undertook its criminal enforcement work and where she led a significant change programme within Governance and Legal Services.

Adnan Bashir

Adnan is the Executive Director of Finance and is a qualified accountant. He has worked in public and private sector organisations, having commenced his career as a Trainee Accountant with the NHS in 1998. Prior to joining Social Work England, he was Managing Director of a financial management and business consultancy organisation primarily focused within the educational and NFP sector. Adnan played a key role in maximising the impact of academies sector freedoms by introducing benchmark financial management and leadership practises, and opportunities for sustained income growth.