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ADASS names new vice president

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Leeds City Council director of adult social services Sandie Keene has been selected as the next vice president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Ms Keene will take up the post from April next year, meaning that she will assume the presidency of the association in April 2013, when many of the government’s health reforms are scheduled to go live.

Currently ADASS joint national lead for public health, Ms Keene said she was “absolutely delighted” to be elected to the vice presidency.

“It is wonderful to be able take up this role,” she said. “The profile of Leeds had made this possible through the political guidance and direction which adult social care enjoys, particularly at a time of such acute financial difficulty.

“The unswerving support of the council’s senior leadership team, and last but not least the staff in adult social care whose inspiringly hard work has made Leeds one of the UK’s big players in the social care of vulnerable adults.”

ADASS’ current president is Birmingham City Council strategic director for adults and communities Peter Hay. He will be succeeded by Hertfordshire CC counterpart Sarah Pickup next year.

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