Board of Directors

Last Updated: Friday, 27-Oct-17 09:53


Ms Alison Michalska
Corporate Director of Children and Adults
Nottingham City Council

Alison Michalska is Corporate Director for Children and Adults at Nottingham City Council. Alison joined Nottingham City in November 2013, prior to this Alison was Director of Children, Family and Adult Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Alison is a qualified Social Worker and has worked with both children and vulnerable adults in many different guises over the course of her career.

In her current role, in addition to her role as DCS, she is accountable for both DASS and DPH, giving her responsibility for Children’s Services including Children’s Social Care, Schools and Early Years and SEN. Alison also leads Adult Social Care Services in Nottingham, as well as safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, commissioning and Public Health.

Honorary Secretary

Ms Barbara Peacock
Executive Director, People
Croydon Council

I joined Croydon in July 2016 as Executive Director of People. This is my third role as a joint director having undertaken similar combined DCS and DAS roles in Medway and Sandwell.

For most of my professional career I have worked in London local authorities. My last two roles were as Deputy Director in Croydon and Assistant Director in Greenwich.

I have worked alongside ‘London Challenge’, seeing the powerful impact this initiative had on the performance of London Schools. I have led two challenged children’s social care systems, improving their Ofsted ratings and more importantly outcomes for Children. I have worked in communities with high levels of deprivation, highly transient communities and the challenges of ensuring children are safe and protected in such environments are well known to me.

I came into working for local authorities to make a difference and I remain working in a local authority as I continue to be passionate about the contribution I can bring, to enable others to do a great job, in order to make a difference to the children and families.

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Stuart Carlton

Corporate Director - Children and Young People’s Service
North Yorkshire County Council

Stuart became ADCS Honorary Treasurer in October 2017, having previously been an Elected Director of the Association since 2014.

Stuart joined North Yorkshire County Council in 2017 as the Corporate Director of Children and Young People. His previous role was as Assistant Director in Lincolnshire County Council.

Elected Director

Ms Kathryn Boulton
Deputy Director of Children’s Services
Derbyshire County Council

Biog to follow

Vice President

Mr Stuart Gallimore
Director of Children’s Services
East Sussex County Council

Stuart qualified as a Social Worker in 1984 and worked as a social worker, team leader and middle manager in Cheshire, North Yorkshire and Bradford. He then moved into management and in 2000 relocated to the south coast, becoming the Head of Safeguarding at East Sussex County Council (ESCC) before leaving in 2004 for the position of Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council. He has since been the Deputy Director and then Director of Children’s Services at West Sussex County Council. Stuart returned to ESCC as Director of Children’s Services in April 2014.

As a trustee of two children’s charities, Stuart`s involvement with children and young people has a national and global reach. He is involved with the SSAFA, which provides in-house health and welfare services to serving military personnel and their families, as well as health and welfare to war veterans and retired servicemen. He also supports Children on the Edge, which works to restore the rights of children from fragmented communities in countries including Uganda, Bangladesh, India, Burma and Thailand.

Immediate Past President

Mr Dave Hill
Executive Director of People Commissioning
Essex County Council

Dave Hill joined Essex County Council in November 2010 as Executive Director for Schools, Children and Families having worked in the same role in Merton and Croydon. In 2013 he took on the new role of Executive Director for People Commissioning, including holding the statutory roles of Director of Children’s Services (DCS) and Director of Adult Social Services (DASS).

Dave has worked in local authorities since 1977, having originally trained as a social worker; later he undertook a Masters Degree in Public Service Management and trained to advanced level as a consultant to individuals, organisations and institutions at the Tavistock Institute.

Dave was a longstanding member of the Social Work Reform Board and is a Trustee for Become. (formerly the Who Cares Trust).

Dave chaired the ADCS Workforce Development Policy Committee until he became ADCS Vice President in April 2015. Dave served as ADCS President from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

Elected Director

Ms Bernie Brown
Assistant Director for Children and Young People’s Services
Liverpool City Council

I am a qualified Social Worker with 25 years’ experience across both the UK and New Zealand having previously worked in 6 Local Authorities, 2 voluntary sector agencies and had my own consultancy business for 5 years. I have also had the role of Chair for a Local Children’s Safeguarding Board, and see the management of risk, and the approach to managing the complexity of issues to safeguard children effectively from many perspectives drawing on many experiences.

I am committed to delivering excellent Social Work practice in partnership with Families and enjoy the opportunity to be actively involved with the training and development of foster carers, the Children in Care Council and Kinship networks locally and nationally.

In my role as Assistant Director, in Liverpool I have specific responsibility for social care, operating within a very dynamic Leadership Team working across Early Help, Troubled Families and Education Services.