Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
Ruth is Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers after two decades in public sector practice in social work and mental health and as a senior leader in the NHS. In addition to strategic and professional advocacy work with stakeholders in social work across the UK – serving our members and promoting social work – her current role includes international work, particularly representing UK social work within the International Federation of Social Workers and acting as it’s representative in the civil society part of the Council of Europe.
Ruth’s career and professional objectives now are focused on the need for human rights and compassion based leadership in social work, mental health and the wider health and social care system. Her focus is how we create healthy and enabling workplaces for staff that can provide better services. She is currently developing my practice as a leadership coach and mentor which supports her work to change the culture of leadership in health and care. Ruth also offers independent training, facilitation and public speaking in leadership development. In the future she hopes to teach, write and research more – and keep networking.