It is with regret and great sadness that the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has announced the death of its Chairman, Michael Leadbetter.
Michael worked as Chairman for CWDC from 2007 and was a leading figure in the children and young people’s workforce, particularly in social work, driving reform at grass-roots level.
He was previously Director of Social Services in Tameside in Greater Manchester, and Essex, Greater London for 17 years. He was also President of The Association of Directors of Social Services 2002-03.
I knew Michael personally and he was an inspiration to me. He was always supportive and his wisdom and wise counsel will be sorely missed.
His final paper the CWDC response to the Social Work Taskforce, will be reviewed on the website next week.