Our board is responsible for overseeing Social Work England’s regulatory functions.
Lord Patel of Bradford OBE
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 is our chief executive. He is a registered social worker and previously led the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. He spent six years as chief executive of a not-for-profit providing care services across Ireland. Colum has worked in statutory family and child care services, early years policy, funding and service provision, and family systems support services.
Jonathan Gorvin is currently Director of Professional Policy at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a trustee of the Science Council. Previously, Jonathan worked internationally in a variety of policy and strategy roles, across several professional and regulatory bodies. In 2015, as Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Press Recognition Panel, he developed the regulatory framework for recognising press self-regulators following the Leveson Inquiry.
Ann Harris OBE CPFA
Ann is a chartered public sector financial accountant and has held senior civil service roles in finance and programme management. She was awarded an OBE in 2009 for her services to the Department of Work and Pensions. Ann was chair of The Pensions Advisory Service and was subsequently co-opted to be a non-executive director at the Money and Pensions Service. She is also a non-executive Director with Defence Business Services.
Mark Lam is Chair of the Royal Free London NHS Trust, Chair of the East London NHS Trust and formerly Chair of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. He is a digital technologist with extensive experience operating at senior board level for multinational business and public organisations. As Chief Technology and Information Officer, he successfully led the digital transformation of Openreach (part of the BT Group).
Dr Andrew McCulloch
Dr Andrew McCulloch is chair of GMC Services International, a national committee member for Healthwatch England and a freelance consultant in health and social care and international development. Until 2017 he was chief executive of the Picker Institute Europe – a world leader in evaluating and reporting on patient/staff experiences in health and social care. Prior to joining Picker, Andrew was chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation. He was previously a civil servant at the former Department of Health.