Top 20 most influential people in social care

    Top 20 most influential people in social

    We have compiled a list of the 20 most influential people in the
    social care sector as voted for by readers of Community
    and visitors to


    Overall list

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    Jo Williams

    1) Jo Williams, chief executive, Mencap


    Williams was described by one voter as “well-respected at all
    levels within social services as a highly competent manager and
    leader and also as a passionate advocate of social care values”.


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    Denise Platt

    2) Denise Platt, chair Commission for Social
    Care Inspection


    One voter said: “Denise is one of the most observant, articulate
    and informed strategic managers and policy makers in the business. 
    This is matched by a razor sharp focus on getting things done.  She
    combines these strengths with a very ‘down to earth’
    mind set.”


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    Bob Holman

    3)  Bob Holman, writer and campaigner

    Holman “better than almost anyone, embodies the profession’s
    values,” said one person who nominated him.  “He gave up his social
    work professorship to work among poor and disadvantaged families,
    first in Bath, then on the Easterhouse estate in Glasgow.  His
    whole approach has been to empower local people and support them in
    realising their own potential.”



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    Felicity Collier

    4) Felicity Collier, chief executive, Baaf
    Adoption and Fostering                                 

    One voter said of Collier:  “She’s demonstrated her passion
    for children over nearly thirty years in social care and
    doesn’t pull her punches when it comes to adoption


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    Naomi Eisenstadt

    5) Naomi Eisenstadt, national director, Sure
    Start, DfES


    One voter said: “She took a new idea and convinced everyone – it
    worked brilliantly.”

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    Mary Marsh

    6) Mary Marsh, chief executive, NSPCC


    One person said of Marsh “She has led the charity through a
    period of considerable change and consolidated its position as a
    standard-bearer for children.”

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    Paul Ennals

    7) Paul Ennals, chief executive, NCB

    Paul was nominated for “his influence across the whole gamut of
    children’s issues”. The voter added: “He is respected for his
    skills of consensus buiding and not  tub-thumping for any
    particular lobby.”

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    June Thoburn

    8) Professor June Thoburn, University of East


    One voter nominated Thoburn for “her impact in the field of
    child and family social work over the last.40 years”.


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    Peter Beresford

    9) Peter Beresford, chair Shaping Our Lives and
    professor of social policy at Brunel University

    Beresford’s work was described by one voter as “extremely useful
    and inspirational”.


    David Behan

    10) David Behan, chief executive, Commission for
    Social Care Inspection

    One voter said: “David Behan is already in arguably the most
    influential post in social care, as chief inspector. But he usually
    manages to combine this heavyweight authority with a certain amount
    of charm and deftness of touch.”

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    Jayne Zito

    11) Jayne Zito, founder and director of The Zito


    One voter said of Jayne: “Since the death of her husband, she
    has tirelessly campaigned for improved recognition of the needs of
    people with mental health problems and for more complete and
    efficient services in mental health support.”

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    Lord Victor

    12) Lord Victor Adebowale, chief executive Turning


    One voter said: “Victor is one of the social care voluntary
    sector’s most high profile figures and is listened to by
    government and opinion formers such as think tanks.”


    13) Roger Singleton, chief executive,

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    Roger Singleton

    One person said: “During his long spell at the helm of
    Barnardo’s, Roger Singleton has been among the most consistent
    champions of children’s interests.”

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    Bert Massie

    14) Bert Massie, chair, Disability Rights


    One voter said: “I nominate Bert Massie because he’s an
    influential role model for the very many disabled people who feel
    excluded from mainstream politics.”

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    Anne Owers

    15) Anne Owers, chief inspector, HM Prisons

    Owers was nominated by one voter for “for shining light in dark
    corners – drawing attention to the inhumane conditions of chldren
    in prison”.


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    Anthony Douglas


    Joint 16) Anthony Douglas, chief executive,


    Douglas was described by one voter as “one of the most important
    voices speaking for vulnerable children in his new role as chief
    executive of Cafcass”.


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    Ratna Dutt

    Joint 16) Ratna Dutt, former director, Race
    Equality Unit

    One voter said: “Ratna has been the most high profile and
    tireless campaigner for race equality in social care for many

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    Jane Campbell

    18) Jane Campbell, chair, Social Care Institute of


    Campbell was nominated by one voter for “her great contribution
    to disabled rights”.

    Prof Rod Morgan

    Joint 19) Professor Rod Morgan, chair, Youth
    Justice Board

    Morgan was described by one voter as “a down-to-earth man, who
    speaks openly and honestly about the youth justice system”.


    Joint 19) Marjorie Wallace, founder and chief
    executive, SANE

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    Marjorie Wallace

    One voter said: “She led the move that turned round the Sun’s
    reporting of Frank Bruno’s illness, from thoughtless sensationalism
    to realistic, even sympathetic, coverage.”

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