We are delighted to feature in the Lord Holmes Review, which has been published today, as a positive example of an organisation with a diverse and representative Board.
The Lord Holmes Review looks at the number of public appointees who reported they were disabled, compared to those who reported no disability, and makes a series of recommendations to increase the number of disabled public appointees.
In 2017 and 2018, only three per cent of all UK public appointees reported they were disabled.
We feature in the report because of our innovative Board recruitment process, which has resulted in a diverse Board of 14 people – of whom 57 per cent are women, three are disabled and who range in age from their 30s to their 70s.
Our Board member Grace Quantock, who is deputy chair of our Regulation and Standards Committee, also shares her experience of becoming a Board member in the Review.
Grace said: “I am delighted to read the Review and hope it catalyses disability inclusion at the highest levels in the UK going forward.
“The Lord Holmes Review has addressed an all-too-hidden topic, bringing disability into the picture, challenging exclusion and conscious/unconscious prejudice, therefore ensuring a more representative public service.
“I am honoured to be included in the Lord Holmes Review as a proud Social Care Wales Board member and hope it can help change the face of public service so disabled people are represented at all levels.”
Arwel Ellis Owen OBE, our Chair, said: “I am incredibly proud that we’ve been featured in the Lord Holmes Review as an example of an organisation with a diverse Board.
“When we set about recruiting our Board last year, we made a conscious decision to recruit a diverse Board of people from different backgrounds who represented Wales. As the social care workforce regulator for Wales, it’s important our Board includes people who receive care and support.
“Having a diverse Board has been a huge benefit to us as an organisation and the varying backgrounds and experiences of our members have been invaluable to our Board discussions. Diversity has really helped strengthen our Board.”
We are currently recruiting a new Chair and Board member, you can find more information about both vacancies here.