The Association of Directors of Social Work in Scotland has appointed Harriet Dempster as its president for 2009-10.
The director of social work services at the Highland Council said she was “proud and very honoured” to assume the role in the ADSW’s 40th year.
She replaces Alan Baird, director of social work at Dundee Council.
The new president has more than 35 years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher, lecturer and policy official.
In 1992 she was seconded to the Scottish Office as assistant chief inspector of child care. Dempster advised on the response to the Orkney inquiry, before returning to local government in 1995.
She will be working alongside Michelle Miller, chief social work officer at Edinburgh Council, who has been elected vice-president.
Association of Directors of Social Work