Director of ADSS
 Alwyn Jones 
 
I have worked in Social Care for over 16 years now having previously worked in the Health Service for 11 years.  I feel fortunate to have worked primarily within Older Peoples and Disability Services and then progressed to a Head of Service and ultimately a Director’s role in Anglesey and now in Wrexham.   
 
I am passionate about ensuring that we provide the public with timely advice and support and delivering social care we can be proud of in Wales.   
 
I am committed to lead on the changes required in the next few years which will require us to actively work with partners and our public to produce resilient communities and to intervene and support people where needed. 
BBC Wales Social Affairs Correspondent 
India Pollock
 
@indiapollock on socials
 
India is a British Journalism Award nominee who has worked on a number of high profile and legally complex investigations exposing injustice experienced by vulnerable people. She’s worked with whistle-blowers and anonymous contributors and her stories and investigations have led to changes in law, policy and improvements to public services. A journalist for 15 years, India has been BBC Wales’ social affairs correspondent for four years. As well as working on investigations, she provides original content and analysis on subjects including social care, child protection and mental health for television, radio and online. She also responds to breaking news stories.
Inspirational Speaker
Tom Fitzsimons
 
@DRYINGOUT
 
Tom Fitzsimons is one of the most inspirational alcoholics you will ever meet! 
He is a family man, professional speaker and author. 
Tom’s battle with alcohol began at the age of thirteen and by the age of thirty three his drinking was leading him to an early grave.  On August 27 2007, He started to take the first difficult steps into sobriety.  
In 2010 he left his 20 year career in the Utilities industry to concentrate on sharing his story of recovery and resilience. This led to speaking to over fifty thousand students across England over the next ten years. 
He is a keen distance runner and in April 2010 he completed the Marathon des Sables running 250km through the Sahara desert and in 2013 he ran from San Francisco to New York City a distance of 3073 miles in 100 days. 
Chief Executive of All Wales People First
Joe Powell

All Wales People First is a national umbrella body of self-advocacy groups, representing the voice of people with learning disabilities in Wales. Prior to this Joe lived in autism specific care homes for eleven years and fought to leave the system to get an individual budget and live the independent life he now takes for granted. Since leaving care Joe has completed a degree and lives without any support.  Joe believes that our aspirations in the United Kingdom for people with learning disabilities are low, and that with the right approach many people with learning disabilities could be living as equal and active citizens in Welsh society.
Entrepreneur/Director of Warner Illustrates Limited  
 Sophia Joy Warner  
 
Instagram –@warnerillustrates 
http://www.childrenslifestorybooks.com
 
 Warner Illustrates Limited is a business I have solely established dedicated to progressing the current life story work system. For those residing in foster care or adoption, life story work is an imperative tool that fixes the distorted puzzle pieces together of the child’s life journey. However, as a care leaver, I have found that there is the potential to enhance the overall experience of the service. It can be more creative and tailored to the child’s needs. I run innovative workshops over a 12 week period and to conclude our collaborative time together. Children will be presented with an illustrated storybook narrated and illustrated by myself.
 
Schools, Services & Systems Consultant.
Lisa Cherry

Twitter @_LisaCherry

Lisa Cherry is an author, researcher and leading international trainer and consultant, specialising in assisting schools, services and systems to create change that supports working with the legacy of trauma. Lisa has been working in Education and Children’s Services for over 30 years and combines academic knowledge and research with professional skills and personal experience.
Lisa’s MA research looked at the impact on education and employment for care experienced adults who experienced school exclusion as children in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Currently, Lisa is undertaking DPhil research at The University of Oxford in the Department of Education, asking the research question “How do care-experienced adults who have been excluded from school understand those experiences of being in care and school exclusion in relation to belonging?”
Lisa is the author of the hugely successful book ‘Conversations that make a difference for Children and Young People’ and ‘The Brightness of Stars’ 3rd Edition published in June 2022.
 
Dr Amanda ML Taylor-Beswick
 
Dr Amanda ML Taylor-Beswick was appointed recently to the University of Cumbria, tasked to develop a Centre for Digital Transformation, that has been established to support the University progress and lead as a real-world relevant education provider; as a place of digital inclusion for people and communities; and as a broker of value generation for businesses and their employees, through the unlocking of human, data and intelligent digital capabilities. 
 
Dr Amanda ML Taylor-Beswick’s background is as a social scientist. Her professional and academic careers began in Northern Ireland, before taking up a substantive teaching post in the School of Social Work, Care and Community at the University of Central Lancashire in 2009. For the 12 years previous, she practiced as a residential social worker, a psychiatric social worker, an adult mental health groupwork practitioner and as a specialist social worker for D/deaf children and their families in Northern Ireland’s integrated health and social care system. She relocated back to Northern Ireland in Oct 2019, to pursue her research interests and academic contributions at the prestigious Queens University Belfast, within the Faculty of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. 
Narinder Sidhu

Narinder SidhuRegistered Social Worker, Co-Founder of the BASW UK & SWU LGBTQIA+ Action GroupNarinder is a Professional Officer for the British Association of Social Workers, Cymru and registered Social Worker and academic. Experienced in a range of clinical settings as a Forensic Social Worker and Mental Health Practitioner within CAMHS. Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her areas of expertise include social work law, forensic social work, legal skills, LGBTQIA+, intersectionality, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation. Also, provides training for local authorities, with a strong focus on embedding cultural competence and intersectionality into practice, enabling practitioners to understand and respectfully challenge, creating a sense of belonging for all.

Judith Paget

Judith was appointed to the role of Interim Director General of Health and Social Services/Chief Executive NHS Wales in November 2021. Her role includes both supporting Ministerial priorities for health and social care within the Civil Service structures, and the leadership and oversight of NHS Wales.Judith’s previous post was as Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Judith joined the Health Board as Director of Planning & Operations on 1st October 2009 and subsequently became Chief Operating Officer/Deputy CEO before her appointment as Chief Executive in October 2014. Judith has worked in the NHS since 1980 and has undertaken a variety of operational, planning and commissioning roles in a number of NHS organisations across south, mid and west Wales. Judith was appointed to her first CEO role in April 2003. Judith has a keen interest in partnership working across public services; primary care and community development; value-based healthcare and staff development and engagement.Judith was awarded a Companionship of the Institute of Health Service Managers in 2012 and in June 2014 won the Institute of Directors – Director in Public Service Award for Wales. In June 2019 Judith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to delivery and management in NHS Wales.