Executive directors

Alison McKinna

Alison McKinna

Alison is the Executive Director, Corporate Services having worked nationally and internationally across numerous sectors. She was a partner within a legal services organisation with responsibility for strategy, financial delivery, stakeholder management and business improvement and was formerly an operations director at Tribal, having held various senior managerial roles with Crawford UK. She was a Non-Executive Director with the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Primary Care Trust.

Jonathan Dillon

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.

Nadine Pemberton

Nadine Pemberton

Nadine is the Principal Legal Adviser 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. Nadine is currently Head of Governance & Legal Services at the Care Quality Commission, transforming the way that the organisation undertakes criminal enforcement work and leading change within Legal Services.

Philip Hallam

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.