GSCC appoints three to senior positions

The General Social Care Council has appointed three new senior managers as it attempts to draw a line under a damning review of its conduct function last year.

The new directors will work alongside Penny Thompson, who starts in April as chief executive of England’s workforce regulator.

Michael Andrews will oversee efforts to address the weaknesses as the new director of regulatory operations. Previously, he was director of scrutiny and quality at the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, the body which found the GSCC’s conduct department was “not effective, efficient or well governed” in a report published last November.

Andrews is joined by Sherry Malik, who becomes director of strategy and social work education, and Stephen Williams, the new director of corporate resources.

Malik, a qualified social worker, joins from family courts body Cafcass where she was corporate director of strategy and performance. Williams is the former director of finance at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Thompson said: “I’m delighted to have recruited candidates of such high calibre and I’m looking forward to working with my new team to strengthen the vital work of the GSCC in protecting the public and ensuring a highly trained workforce.”

The three managers will replace an interim team of executives, including Paul Snell, who has led the organisation as interim chief executive since September; Hilary Lloyd, director of regulation; David Clark, director of corporate resources; and John Fraser, director of strategy and social work education.

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