WSAB Independent Chair Keith Brown – Biography (April 2021)

Professor Keith Brown was the founding Director of the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice and he is an Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University where the social work department was ranked number 1 in the UK in the 2020 Guardian League Table. He is the series editor for the Sage /Learning matters post qualifying social work series which has sales in excess of 150,000 in the past 10 years.

In 2005 he was awarded the Linda Ammon memorial prize sponsored by the Department for education and skills awarded to the individual making the greatest contribution to education and training in the UK. He was awarded a Chartered Trading Standard Institute [CTSI]’ Institutional Hero’ award in 2017 recognising the significance of his research into financial fraud and scams.

He sits on the DHSC safeguarding advisory board, the joint DHSC and MOJ National Mental Capacity Leadership forum and the Home Office Joint Financial task force.

He has written over 35 textbooks in the fields of social work and leadership and is particularly known for his contributions in the areas of Mental Capacity and Leadership.

Currently he is writing an All-Party Parliamentary Report looking at financial fraud within families and he continues to lead research into this area.

Since his retirement from a full-time academic post he has been the Independent Chair of the NHS Safeguarding Adults National Network and the Chair of Love Southampton a body that represents 3 food banks and 4 debt advice centres in Southampton.

His other passions are sailing and sport in general, he is a qualified ECB cricket coach and a Senior Sailing Instructor.

His recent appointment as Independent Chair of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board is something that he is really passionate about. It’s a simply wonderful opportunity to work with highly skilled professionals and community representatives in order to ensure that citizens in Worcestershire have every possible opportunity to live lives free from abuse and coercion.


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