BASW Chair: Gerry Nosowska
BASW Chair: Gerry Nosowska

BASW Chair: Gerry Nosowska

I love being part of BASW because it is grounded in ethics, provides essential support, and is a movement for change in our often difficult world.

My aspirations for BASW are that all social workers will feel part of our professional association, that all our activities will be in partnership with people with lived experience, and that our influence and impact will keep growing.

My role, with Council, is to oversee BASW’s work, to ensure members’ voices are heard, and to act as an ambassador for social work. I get to meet wonderful, committed people, to learn and share experiences across the UK, and to really feel part of a global profession.

I became a social worker to help ensure that everyone is included in society. I have worked in community and hospital services for adults, and more recently for Research in Practice for Adults. I now work for myself, helping organisations to improve social care. I particularly care about support for practitioners, using evidence, social work with older people and combatting ageism. I co-host the Helpful Social Work podcast.

I live in Devon with my partner and our cat. I enjoy cycling, playing the piano and watching movies.

Vice Chair: Lewis Roberts
Vice Chair: Lewis Roberts

Vice Chair: Lewis Roberts

I believe in social work that is stripped back to basic principles of kindness, decency and respect. As a senior children and family social worker and practice educator I am well placed to comment on the everyday experiences within practice and observe the hardships faced by many within our most marginalised communities.

My aspirations for BASW are that we continue to be vocal and visible in our efforts to advocate for those we support and push back against systems and structures that can inhibit full participation within society. To do this I feel that we must stand up for ourselves as a profession. We must be a stronger voice.

I believe in social work that is open and transparent, where those we support can have a fair say. As a profession we should aspire to embed and incorporate the views and experiences of those who access social work services in all that we do. BASW must lead the way and set an example.

As a former BASW England Committee member and BASW North East Branch Chair I have gained experience networking within the profession and seeking the views of social workers. I am passionate about social work and the invaluable contribution we can offer society.

Council Treasurer: Ann Moir
Council Treasurer: Ann Moir

Council Treasurer: Ann Moir

Ann started her career in social work with Strathclyde Regional Council in 1991. Since then, she has worked for a range of local and health authorities, both in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most of this has been in the field of Mental Health, with a sojourn into the realms of third sector organisation, working for a charity for a few years.

As the Mental Health Social Work Coordinator for a Health and Social Care Trust, Ann held responsibility for the governance and supervision of social workers across the spectrum of mental health services, as well as having a specific remit to manage and develop the trust wide ASW service. For several years she was engaged in Approved Social Work training and assessment as a member of the Northern Ireland Assessment Panel.

Ann joined BASW 20 years ago and has been an active member of the Northern Ireland Standing Committee. She represented the Northern Ireland Committee as a UK Council Member and was involved in the Finance and Organisational Committee.

A career long advocate for the person-centred approach, Ann has continued her professional development with a shift in direction into counselling. She recently established a non-profit counselling service in response to the needs highlighted throughout the recent pandemic.

Ann is elected Honorary Treasurer of BASW and is delighted to have the opportunity to support BASW and her profession in a constructive way.

Martin Sexton - Chair, Policy Ethics & Human Rights Committee

Martin Sexton joined BASW when he qualified as a social worker in 2010.  Prior to this Martin had been working for the Welcome Trust in a number of roles in its international programme and ethics unit.

Martin’s practice experience includes supporting people to leave hospital safely, working with people with learning disabilities, and with people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol.  Having worked as a hospital social worker for the London Borough of Hounslow and then in the London Borough of Hackney’s Safeguarding Adults team, Martin is currently the manager of the Mental Capacity/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards team in Salford City Council.

Martin joined BASW’s Policy Ethics and Human Rights Committee in 2016 and was elected as its Chair in 2020.  He has contributed to BASW working groups on the Liberty Protection Safeguards and the reform of adult social care in England.  He has also supported BASW colleagues in Northern Ireland to implement new legislation on mental capacity.

More recently Martin has been a member of a NICE guideline committee developing recommendations for safeguarding adults in care homes.

Martin lives in Manchester and is looking forward to being able to watch the cricket at Old Trafford again.

International Committee Chair:
BASW England Chair: Andy Gill
Appointed Director - England Committee: Andy Gill

Appointed Director - England Committee: Andy Gill

I have been a registered Social Worker for over 30 years and worked across operational children and adult social care services within the pubic and voluntary sectors.  In addition, I have a research-based PhD in early help and am currently the Principal Social Worker for the London Borough of Kingston which has been judged by Ofsted as “outstanding”. 

I was elected Chair of BASW England in 2017, re-elected in 2019.  I have been a member of BASW UK Council since 2017.

Appointed Director - Northern Ireland Committee: Orlaith McGibbon

Orlaith McGibbon has been a BASW member since 2017 and was appointed chair of BASW NI in January 2020. She is a NISCC and Social Work England registered social worker with 23 years’ experience.

Orlaith practiced across several frontline services, including residential child care, family and child care, probation and youth justice.

Appointed Assistant Director in the Youth Justice Agency in 2009. She managed the introduction and embedding of restorative practices within criminal justice.

For four years she was an operational lead before taking up the role of Head of Policy for the Youth Justice Agency. She represented social work and those they work for across many government strategies and initiatives.

In 2015 her international career began with her appointment as senior manager in Aviva Family Violence Services in Christchurch, New Zealand. Whilst there she developed a strategy and successfully operationalised programmes for perpetrators of interfamilial violence (adults and young people).

Since returning to Northern Ireland her international career has continued working in Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Eastern Europe and Oman. Since 2016 she has been providing training and consultation advice to the key stakeholders in the Juvenile Justice and Child protection Ministries in each of these countries, assisting them in their desire to meet international obligations for the protection of children, the reduction of children’s imprisonment, ensuring that children are protected from the involvement in offending behaviour and children’s rights to live in a safe family and community environment. She continues to work as an Independent Social worker throughout Ireland and the UK.

Jude Currie - Appointed Director - Scotland Committee
Jude Currie - Appointed Director - Scotland Committee

Jude Currie - Appointed Director - Scotland Committee

I am a social worker practicing mostly with Children and Families. I have experience in both statutory and voluntary social work contexts in Scotland since qualifying in 2011. I have been a SASW committee member for two years and am excited to serve and learn as Chair from May 2020. In my practice, I enjoy making meaningful connections with people and working with them to experience positive change, choice, and control over their lives. I am also passionate about promoting social work’s role as a vocal and valued profession that invests in local communities.

I currently work for Scotland’s National Children’s Charity, Children 1st. This role has deepened my commitment to reducing siloed practice and alleviating the growing impacts of poverty, loneliness and isolation. These pose significant challenges across social work policy and practice arenas in the days ahead. I do not underestimate the role we have as a National Standing committee in Scotland, and also as BASW Council representatives, to listen and attend to the voices of people we support, our members, our colleagues as we move forward in uncertain times. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved, share ideas, or thoughts!

Lindsey Young - Appointed Director - Scotland Committee
Lindsey Young - Appointed Director - Scotland Committee

Lindsey Young - Appointed Director - Scotland Committee

I am a practicing social worker/mental health officer in Scotland and have been part of the Scotland Committee since September 2019.  I am passionate about the social work profession and bring the experience that I have gained with me from practice to my role as BASW council member. 

Since qualifying as a social worker in 2008, I have worked in a variety of settings and gained valuable experience from a range of different sources during my social work journey.  Throughout this time, I have held roles in specialist services that have meant that part of my role has been to support and develop other practitioner’s knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to the particular service user group I was involved with. These include social worker for children with complex disabilities, specialist alcohol social worker, social worker (senior practitioner) community care and most recently as social worker/mental health officer in a high secure forensic mental health hospital. 

As I have had a varied career, I have developed a number of specialist interests. I am particularly interested in the application of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007, the role of the appropriate adult, the complexities of supporting individuals with Alcohol Related Brain Damage and forensic social work practice.

Appointed Director - Wales Committee: Neeta Singh Baicher
Appointed Director - Wales Committee: Neeta Singh Baicher

Appointed Director - Wales Committee: Neeta Singh Baicher

I qualified with a Diploma in Social Work in 1995, have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills. I have worked in Child and Family teams as a Social Worker. I retired as a full-time Senior Practitioner. Now working independently.  I serve as a Justice of Peace, Community Councillor and Vice Chair for the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) and am involved with Equality & Diversity issues training, working to empower women and conducting assessments in other languages.   Length of service with BASW since 2002 and Deputy Chair from 2016 to 2018. I am a Director of BASW on the UK Council and Chair of BASW Cymru since 2018.

Appointed Director - Wales Committee: Christian Beech

Dr Christian Beech is a social work academic at Swansea University and is currently Director of the MSc Social work qualifying programme. Christian qualified with a Diploma in social work and an MSc in Applied Social Studies in 2000 and went on to work across children and adult services both in community and acute settings. In 2007, Christian was seconded to Swansea University to lead on a research project and later joined the social work programme on a permanent basis. Christian has recently completed his PhD in Social work and Social Care which focussed on working with risk and older people within multidisciplinary teams. His other research interests include interprofessional working between health and social care professionals; and older people’s perception and adoption of healthcare technology. Christian is past Chair of the British Society of Gerontology’s emerging Researchers in Ageing Network and is now vice-Chair of BASW Cymru. 

Elected Director of BASW Council: Julia Ross
Elected Director: Julia Ross

Elected Director: Julia Ross

Julia Ross joined BASW National Council in December 2019. She is passionate about people who use services, their family, friends and carers. She has worked in health and social care for over 40 years and been a proud BASW member since qualifying. Julia has a wealth of national and local experience across large scale complex health and social care organisations in the public, private and voluntary sector. She qualified as nurse at St Thomas Hospital and then requalified as a social worker, initially in children and families work and child protection. She served as Social Work Advisor to the Select Committee on Violence in the Family in 1975. She spent 10 years as Director of Social services and 3 years as CE of an integrated PCT. She is very interested in how people benefit from integrated health and social care services. Julia chaired the Mental Health Charity Together for 9 years. She led the Care Services Improvement Programme in the DH for 5 years and latterly PredictX, a data and predictive analytics company. She serves on the Royal Society of Medicine DigiHealth Council, Acute Frailty Network, ADASS committees and Non Executive Director Isle of Wight NHS Trust where she spends any spare time writing.

Co-opted Director: Charmaine Malcolm
Co-opted Director: Charmaine Malcolm

Co-opted Director: Charmaine Malcolm

I grew up in a council estate in Brockley and as a child I would never have said I would have embarked upon a social work career journey. Yet, I am an experienced Social Worker and Senior Manager with 15 years of experience in Children’s Social Care. Joining BASW was important to me, it provides me a platform to collectively influence social policy, amendments to legislation and create continuous professional development opportunities for Social Workers across the country. Continuously shaping the identity of our social work profession is necessary for it to remain fair, equal and safe. In BASW, I do use our professional standards with legal framework to promote equality, diversity and social justice. I use my voice more than ever to speak up for groups of people struggling to achieve actual equality. As your BASW member, I give my assurances that I will continue to use my voice to promote the core values of our profession and challenge where this is not evident. I encourage every Social Worker to join BASW, help us to be the voices for those who need us. Also, help us in our 80/20 campaign.

Hari Sewell - Co-opted Director
Hari Sewell - Co-opted Director

Hari Sewell - Co-opted Director

Hári Sewell is founder and Director of HS Consultancy and is a former executive director of health and social care in the NHS. He is a writer and speaker in his specialist area of social justice, equalities and ethnicity, race and culture in mental health. Hári is honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire and Specialist Guest Lecturer at University of Bradford.  Hári has had various books, articles and book chapters published, with new material emerging regularly.

Hári has a reputation for being a strong communicator.  He is a nationally and internationally recognised trainer on critical race theory, unconscious bias, leading diverse organisations and teams and issues of equality and social justice.  

Hári worked with another local campaigner to secure services for survivors of sexual violence and currently runs a campaign “Men Supporting Women’s Rights” including “Men Against Rape”.  He is increasingly studying forms of masculinity and the possibilities in practice and employee relations to recognise the intersections between masculinity and other aspects of identity.