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.
Council Treasurer: Jon Dudley
Jon started as a trainee social worker with Coventry City Council in 1978. In the intervening years he has worked for a range of local authorities, mainly in the west midlands, as well as third sector organisations such as Action for Children. He has also been engaged in social work training, practice development and service improvement projects. A BASW member since 1981, Jon has been active as a Branch Chair, Vice-Chair of England Committee and Council Member. A keen walker, he coined the title "Boot Out Austerity" for the 2017 BASW/SWU march and remains an active campaigner with the Austerity Action Group. Jon is currently elected Honorary Treasurer of BASW. Having stepped back from direct practice in 2017 (most recently with Worcestershire Adoption Service), Jon is pleased to have the opportunity to support BASW and his profession in a different way.
International Committee Chair: David N Jones
David is a Registered Social Worker who has been a BASW member since 1973. He is Chair of the International Committee (2017-21) and has been a co-opted member of the Policy, Human Rights and Ethics Committee for several years. David qualified in 1974 and worked in child protection before moving into a series of national and international roles in social work, social services and children’s services. He was General Secretary of the British Association of Social Workers (1985-1994) and President of the International Federation of Social Workers (2006-2010), serving as Coordinator of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development since 2010. He has held senior positions in the former qualifications regulator for social work and social care (CCETSW), the Department of Health, Department for Children Schools and Families, the Audit Commission, Commission for Social Care Inspection and Ofsted. He is a member of the Board of the Commonwealth Organisation for Social Work, was the Independent Chair of the Adult and Children Safeguarding Boards in Leicester (2010-2016) and national Chair of the Association of LSCB Chairs (2015-2017). David is passionate about social work and social justice and the involvement of individuals and communities in service planning and delivery.
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 - England Committee: Angie Bartoli
Angie Bartoli is the elected Vice Chair for BASW, England. She is a qualified and registered social worker, having been a practitioner and manager in Statutory Children's Services and with the NSPCC. Following a role with the Department of Education and then as a Training Manager for a Local Safeguarding Board, Angie became a social work academic in 2006. She is currently employed as a Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University with key responsibility for Continuous Professional Practice programmes for social workers. Angie has a keen interest in equality and diversity which is reflected in her publications. Angie's doctoral research focussed on the transition from social work practitioner to manager. Angie is also the book editor for the British Journal of Social Work and part of the Journal's editorial board.
Appointed Director - Northern Ireland Committee: Orlaith McGibbon
Biography to follow.
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: 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: Narinder Sidhu
I am currently a Lecturer at the University of Derby. I teach on a variety of undergraduate and post-graduate programmes within the Social Community Studies Department. These include modules such as Practice-Based Learning and Social Work Law and Policy. In addition, I also teach topics such as Domestic Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage. I teach students to become safe and effective practitioners. Within my role, I also offer pastoral support which inspires others to dream, believe and achieve.
I have a keen interest in inclusion and diversity. As a member of the Race Equality Group at the University, I contribute to discussions about inclusion, student attainment, enhancing student experience and workplace diversity within a higher education setting.
In my spare time, I continue to practice as a Senior Social Worker for the NHS within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the Neurodevelopmental Team. Prior to this, I was a Forensic Social Worker employed by the NHS in a low secure community setting working with inpatients in the criminal justice system.
I love nature, animals, Gogglebox and music. I love travelling and having fun with my family and friends. I love new adventures and creating happy memories. I am passionate about making a positive impact to people’s lives and society.