Appendix 2: CV for Dame Jo Williams |
The CV reproduced here is that submitted with Dame
Jo Williams' application for the post in February 2010. At the
time of the pre-appointment hearing on 9 September Dame Jo was
no longer involved as:
- Non-Executive of the Department
of Communities and Local Government
- Member of Sounding Board for
- Co-Chair of Learning Disabilities
In addition, in July 2010, Dame Jo was appointed
as a Commissioner for the Commission on the Funding of Care and
Dame Jo Williams DBE BA DL
My life has been guided by my belief in integrity,
inclusion and fairness. I have an enthusiasm for new challenges,
and an ability to motivate others, helping individuals gain confidence
and maximise their contribution. Whilst I am clear about my leadership
skills, I know that really making an impact will only happen if
there is teamwork and engagement in a shared vision. I have a
huge amount of energy, love people and bring about innovation
and enthusiasm in those with whom I work.
After more than 30 years in Local Government I was
privileged to be the Chief Executive for Mencap for 5 years. I
was awarded a CBE in January 2000 for services to Social Services
in Cheshire and as President of the Association of Directors of
Social Services. In January 2007 I was honoured to receive a D.B.E
for my work with people with a learning disability.
Currently I am Chair of The Prison Reform Trust,
a Non-Executive Director of the Department of Communities and
Local Government, interim Chair of the Care Quality Commission
and have a range of other roles in the voluntary sector. I am
also leading a review of the child and adolescent mental health
services. In 2009 I was appointed as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant
of Cheshire County Council.
In Mencap I managed a budget of £170 million
and led a workforce of over 6500.
Over my 5 years at Mencap I worked hard to raise
its impact and profile by understanding and using the media, modernising
the internal structure, acting as an ambassador and champion for
people with a learning disability and their families. I also established
the Learning Disability Coalition that brought together 10 organisations
to create a single lobbying body concerned with the resourcing
of learning disability services.
DEVELOPING SOCIAL POLICY
Over the last decade I have been involved in shaping
public policy on a number of issues. I currently serve as a member
of the following:
- The Sounding Board (which I
co-chair) established to advise Department of Health Policy on
work with the Third Sector.
- The Government's Standing Commission
- The National Learning Disability
Task Force - a body that continues to oversee Government policy
in relation to people with a learning disability.
- Alongside a colleague who has
a learning disability I co-chair the Learning Disability Coalition;
a body dedicated to improving the lives of people with a learning
disability. I am particularly proud of bringing 10 organisations
together to speak with 'one voice'.
- The LGA Commission looking
at accountability in the NHS.
Previous similar experience includes membership of:
- A taskforce (which I co-chaired
with Ivan Lewis, Minister of Health) concerned with "Commissioning
with the Third Sector".
- A Commission, chaired by Sir
Alan Langlands, which produced guidance on governance in the public
- The team preparing the NHS
National Plan, published in July 2000, I was closely involved
in the development of its Partnership theme. My work on this group
drew heavily on developments I pursued in partnership working
- The group that established
the General Social Care Council as a member of the Advisory Group
2000/01. This body has responsibility for setting standards and
regulating the social care workforce.
- Following the enquiries at
Bristol Royal Infirmary I co-chaired a national working group
that developed standards for health and social care for children,
who require acute and hospital services. This was the first standard
issued as part of the National Service Framework for Children.
- I am frequently asked to address
national conferences concerned with social policy.
- There have been many opportunities
to work with the press, radio and TV, and I believe I have developed
good skills in this area. The list of 'appearances' includes a
number of spots on the 'Today' programme, Breakfast TV, Five Live,
and on one occasion 'Newsnight'.
- I have an outgoing personality
that serves me well in engaging and forming positive relationships
with others, regardless of their role or status.
- For 10 years I was privileged
to be a Director of Social Services. I served two local authorities
- Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council and Cheshire County Council.
I am described as a force for change, an inspirational leader
who is dynamic and approachable. I know people who say "Jo
does". As Chief Executive of Mencap, I believe I refreshed
the organisation and enhanced its reputation as the leading charity
for learning disability.
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT RECORD
|1959 - 1966
||Queen Elizabeth's Girls Grammar School Mansfield, Nottingham
|3 'A' levels
|1967 - 1971 ||Keele University
||BA Honours - Sociology and Social Studies and a Diploma in Social Work Class 2, Grade 1.
||Henley Management College Management Training Course.
||Honorary Doctor of Letters (Keele University)
|1971 - 1992
||A variety of posts in Social Services with Cheshire County Council
|1992 - 1997
||Director of Social Services (Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council)
|1997 - 2002
||Director of Social Services (Cheshire County Council)
|2003 - 2008
||Chief Executive - Royal Mencap Society
Companion of the Chartered Management Institute
Fellowship of the City and Guilds of London Institute (FCGI)