Ian Woolrich

Ian is a longstanding member of the BASW Cymru Committee and a past chair/cadeirydd of BASW Cymru, as well as a former member of BASW UK’s Council. Ian is currently a team manager for adults with physical disabilities and sensory impairments in Wrexham.

Gabe Conlon

Gabe was Assistant Director of Social Services in Cardiff between '87 and '99 and, for a period in 1998, Acting Director of Social Services. He set up Practice Solutions (, a Health & Social Care Consultancy in 1999. He is special advisor to Action on Elder Abuse and in 2006 contributed to the development of new protocols for protection of vulnerable adults in New South Wales, Australia. He has also been a visiting speaker at Shue Yan University, Hong Kong.

He has over 35 years experience working in health and social care sector and has worked with health providers and local authorities throughout the UK. He is a qualified psychiatric nurse and registered social worker. He is passionately committed to securing the rights of individuals and has particular interest in Human Rights law and Health & Social Care Services.

Dr Neil Thompson

Neil is a well-published and highly respected author, an experienced and successful training facilitator, a much sought-after consultant and an international conference speaker.

A social worker who established himself as a leading thinker in the field, Neil continues to play a role in shaping social work theory and practice.

He has a wealth of experience helping people deal with problems across the ‘people professions’. This includes working to increase understanding of human relations issues in the workplace to improve the wellbeing of staff, as well as empowering individuals and groups to fulfil their potential.

Dr Catherine Poulter

Catherine Poulter has worked in social services for over 40 years. She trained as a psychiatric social worker. Her work has taken her from Wales to the North West of England, Zambia and back to Wales. She currently works in integrated community services for adults in West Wales. She was a member of the first BASW Cymru Committee (and its predecessor, the BASW Cymru Reference Group) and also one of the first members of the Care Council for Wales.

Gareth Powell

Gareth has worked in social care for over 20 years. He has experience working in all client groups, most notably in Older People Services, where he was a Principal Officer in Swansea Social Services for 7 years. In 2014 Gareth established Care Support Services(  At present he is developing a project with partners to address issues of social isolation. He is interested in the development of partnerships across sectors and the role of small community enterprises to effect positive change.

Ceryl Davies

Ceryl is a qualified Solicitor and Social Worker, with a Master’s degree in both work areas and a postgraduate diploma in Community and Criminal Justice. She is currently in the final stages of her doctoral studies at the University of Lincoln. She has extensive practice-based experience across social care and criminal justice at practitioner, middle and senior management levels. She is currently working part time as a Senior Manager for Learning Disability Services and as a Social Work Lecturer at Bangor University. Ceryl also has her own research and consultancy company.