SfCD is governed by a strong and diverse Board made up of respected figures in our sector. Collectively, Members represent employers, service users, the workforce and strategic planners in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. The Board is currently 9 strong. You can find out about our Members and their accolades and skills below.

  • Dame Moira Gibb, JP

    Chair of SfCD and Chair of its partner organisation, Skills for Care
    Dame Moira Gibb is a Civil Service Commissioner and until December 2011 was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden. She is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority, Chair of City Lit Adult Education College and a member of the Council of Reading University. Her career was in local government and social services and she chaired the Government Taskforce on the Social Work Profession in 2009.She also chairs a local authority improvement board and is a non-executive director of Achieving for Children .She was a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11 She is a graduate of Glasgow University.

  • Sharon Allen OBE,

    Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Care
    A qualified social worker, housing professional and MBA graduate, Sharon has nearly 30 years experience of working in social care and supported housing service provision.  This includes both statutory and voluntary sector experience and culminated in her being Chief Executive of a large voluntary sector provider prior to joining Skills for Care in 2010. Sharon has extensive experience as a Board member across a range of organisations.

  • Lorraine Gray

    Interim CEO Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)


  • Colum Conway

    Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Social Care Council
    Colum is a qualified social worker with significant experience in social care. Most recently he was Chief Executive of Extra Care, a not for profit organisation working in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland supporting independent living through the provision of home care. He has also worked in Early Years with NIPPA and in Family and Childcare in Craigavon and Banbridge HSC Trust and with Barnardos in Dublin.

  • Sue Evans

    Chief Executive, Social Care Wales
    Following a varied career in industry and the retail sector, Sue took a break from paid work to become a full time carer and parent. She has more than 25 years’ experience of the public sector, in social care, housing and health. Sue was Chief Officer of Social Care and Housing at Torfaen County Borough Council until July 2016 when she was appointed Chief Executive of the Care Council for Wales, and retained this role from April 2017 when it became Social Care Wales.

  • Paul Martin

    Chair of Northern Ireland Social Services Council

  • Paul is a Stakeholder Member of NISCC Council.


  • Arwel Ellis Owen

    Arwel is Chair of the Social Care Wales.
    He is also Chair of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales and of the Friends of Living Room Cardiff, a treatment centre for addiction. He is a Guardian Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and a Winston Churchill Fellow. Formerly Arwel was Vice President of the National Library of Wales and an Interim CEO of S4C, the Welsh language TV channel. He established Cambrensis Communications after leaving the BBC where he was Head of Programmes with BBC Northern Ireland.

  • Professor James (Jim) McGoldrick

    Convener of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
    Jim is a member of the Care Inspectorate Board and was chairman of the Fife NHS Board and vice chair of the Fife Community Planning Partnership Board until the end of April 2013. He is also a member of the Scottish Government's Ministerial Strategic Group on Health and Community Care and, in that capacity, is currently leading a work stream looking at workforce development for health and social care integration and has recently taken up the chairmanship of the Joint Improvement Partnership Board.

  • Neil Leitch, Chief Executive, Pre-school Learning Alliance

    Neil is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, which supports more than 800,000 children and their families in England through its membership of more than 14,000 day nurseries, sessional pre-schools, and childminders. Having originally qualified in the late 1960s in the field of electronic communication, he went on to study in the areas of administrative and financial management, before entering the world of financial underwriting and lending. Until 2006, Neil chaired the Finance Industry Standards Association, an organisation committed to protecting the rights of borrowers and raising standards within the second mortgage market. Having worked alongside the Alliance for over 15 years, he has strongly lobbied for early intervention, believing every child deserves an equal opportunity to progress in life.