The AWHOCS group consists of heads of children’s services from all local authorities and meets on a quarterly basis (including an annual conference).
As one of our key groups, it is responsible for leading on all aspects of children’s services, formulating the ADSS Cymru responses to policy consultations and articulating the voice of those local authority professional leaders who deliver care and support to children and families across Wales.
For the foreseeable future the work of AWHOCS will be aligned to the work of the Welsh Government’s Ministerial Advisory Group on Improving Outcomes for Children, as the programme is key to AWHOCS and its partners. This important work is scheduled to run for the 2016 – 2021 Assembly term with a variety of workstreams that AWHOCS members will engage with.
ADSS Cymru aims to provide support directly from the business unit and also via our policy groups. If you would like to request or engage ADSS Cymru or any of our policy groups listed below; Please contact them via the email provided E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Board of Directors
On receipt of your enquiry, the business unit will establish with the Chair of the relevant policy group if they have the capacity to deal with your request. We will also need to ensure the request aligns with the priorities and strategic objectives of that group and ADSS Cymru.
Annabel LloydChair of AWHoCSRhondda Cynon Taf County Borough CouncilService Director, Children's Services01443 744044
Jan ColesDeputy Chair of AWHOCSPowys County Council County HallHead of Children's Services08456 027030
Fon RobertsAWHoCS MemberIsle of Anglesey County CouncilHead of Service for Children's Services01248 750057
Alison RamshawAWHoCSBlaenau Gwent County Borough CouncilHead of Children's Services
Laura KinseyAWHoCS MemberBridgend County Borough CouncilHead of Safeguarding and Assessment01656 642314
Gareth JenkinsAWHoCS MemberCaerphilly County Borough CouncilAssistant Director, Children's Services01443 864520
Deborah DriffieldAWHoCS MemberCardiff CouncilAssistant Director of Children's Services02920 873803
Steffan SmithAWHoCS MemberCarmarthenshire County CouncilHead of Children's Services01267 234567
Sian HowysAWHoCS MemberCeredigion County CouncilHead of Children and Family Services01545 572630
Kate DevonportAWHoCS MemberConwy County Borough CouncilHead of Children, Families and Safeguarding01492 574000
Rhiain MorrlleAWHoCS MemberDenbighshire County CouncilHead of Education and Children's Services01824 708064
Craig MacloedAWHoCS MemberFlintshire County CouncilSenior Manager, Children and Workforce01352 701313
Marian HughesAWHoCS memberGwynedd County CouncilHead of Children and Family Support01286 672255
Taryn StephensAWHoCS MemberMerthyr Tydfil County Borough CouncilHead of Children's Social Services01685 724693
Dianne CorristerAWHoCS MemberMonmouthshire County CouncilHead of Children's Services
Keri WarrenAWHoCS MemberNeath Port Talbot County Borough CouncilHead of Children's Services01639 763327
Natalie PoynerAWHoCS MemberNewport City CouncilService Manager01633 656656
Caroline Ryan-PhillipsNewport City CouncilHead of Prevention and Inclusion
Julie DaviesAWHoCS MemberCity and County of Swansea CouncilHead of Child and Family Services
Jason O'BrienAWHoCS MemberTorfaen County Borough CouncilHead of Children and Family Services01495 742823
Rachel EvansAWHoCS MemberVale of Glamorgan CouncilHead of Children and Young People Services01446 700111
Rhian ThomasAWHoCS MemberWrexham County Borough CouncilSocial Worker
Suzanne GriffithsAWHoCS MemberCity of Cardiff CouncilDirector of Operations, National Adoption Service Wales02920 873924