Honour for leading social care figure

A leading figure from the Department of Health has received an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton.

Glen Mason, Director for People, Communities and Local Government, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science at a graduation ceremony at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Thursday, 5 April 2012.Glen Mason

The award from the School of Applied Sciences was presented in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the development of an excellent Social Care Service for the people of Wolverhampton and his vision and leadership at the Department of Health, raising the profile of Social Care and leading on national strategies for enhancing the health and social care services.

Glen said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this honorary award. As well as recognising my individual contribution to social care it recognises all of the front line staff who work tirelessly providing excellent front line services and it has been my privilege to serve as a leader over many years."

Glen Mason joined the Department of Health in 2007 where he is currently Director for People, Communities and Local Government. He is responsible for policy in areas covering local government, workforce, sector-led improvement and informatics, as well as the department's sub-national presence.

Glen began his career in 1986 as a social worker in Nottinghamshire, working in both a long-term child care team and as the manager of a busy child protection team. After a period in North Yorkshire he became the Head of Children’s Services at Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. He held Assistant Director posts with two councils before becoming Regional Director with the Social Services Inspectorate.

Enjoying a long association with Wolverhampton, Glen has held posts as Assistant Director for Children’s Services and as Director for Adults and Community, where he was responsible for a range of services including Adult Social Care, Housing, Adult Education, Culture and Leisure.

He has been an active member of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and was Chair of the ADASS National Learning Disabilities Network.

Glen graduated with a BA in Social Sciences and holds a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, a postgraduate diploma in Applied Social Sciences, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Three graduation ceremonies took place this week for Postgraduate and School of Health and Wellbeing students.

ENDS

Picture: Glen Mason

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