The board

Lord Patel of Bradford

Lord Patel is Chair of Social Work England. A qualified social worker, he worked in inner city Bradford and then established a number of Third Sector agencies working with those misusing drugs and those with mental health problems; later moving to academia working with a number of universities.

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.

Jonathan Gorvin

Jonathan Gorvin is Head of Regulatory Policy and Development at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Trustee of the Science Council. He has worked in policy and strategy globally across several professional and regulatory bodies. 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 Helen Phillips

Dr Helen Phillips is Chair 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.

Dr Andrew McCulloch

Dr Andrew McCulloch is the Chair of GMC Services International, a Board Member of Healthwatch England and a freelance consultant in health and social care and international development. He was previously Chief Executive of the Picker Institute Europe and prior to joining Picker, Andrew was Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. Andrew’s partner is a social worker.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield

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), the largest employer of social workers in the country. Previously, Claire was CEO of the national charity Relate and a senior civil servant at the Department for Education.

Mark Lam

Mark is Chair of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. He is a digital technologist with extensive experience operating at board level for multinational business and public organisations. As Chief Technology and Information Officer, he led the digital transformation of Openreach (part of the BT Group), the £5bn regulated national infrastructure provider.

Adnan Bashir

Adnan is the Executive Director of Finance and is a qualified accountant. He has worked in public and private sector organisation, 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. He was formerly Group Director of Finance at Dixons Academies Charitable Trust and Chief Financial Officer at LEAF Academy Trust. During his time within the academies sector, Adnan played a key role in maximising the impact of sector freedoms by introducing benchmark financial management and leadership practises, and opportunities for sustained income growth.