SSRG Executive Committee Membership
- Martin Stevens, Chair
- Patricia Walker, Vice Chair (2)
- Chris Rainey, Elected Rep
- Simon Adams, Secretary
- Tania Townsend, Chair, Children’s Standing Committee
- Michael Varrow, Chair, Adult Standing Committee
- Paul Hambleton, Scottish Branch Convener
- Alan Bunting, Treasurer
- Estelle Buscombe, Elected Rep
- Colin Kelsey, Co-opted member
- Sue Williams, Elected Rep
- John Woolham, Elected Rep
- Mark Barton, Membership Secretary
- Jackie Watson, part-time Co-ordinator
- David Henderson, Newsletter Editor, Events Co-ordinator
Martin has been a member of SSRG since 1992, and joined the EC in 1994 as an elected member/regional rep: he was elected as Chair in 2005.
Martin has been a Research Fellow at the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, based in King’s College London, since 2004. During this time, he has worked on a wide variety of research projects, including the National Individual Budgets Evaluation and the International Care Workers study. He currently chairs one of the Research Ethics Panels at King’s College London and sits on one of the Research Ethics Sub Committees. He has also been involved in Research Ethics and Research Governance developments nationally. Martin came into research after five years working in a residential service for people with learning disabilities, following a philosophy degree. His first research post was for Hampshire Social Services Department, where he stayed for 12 years, undertaking work on community care, child protection and learning disability services, amongst other topics. He completed a PhD during this period.
Martin is interested in all aspects of research methods and working with all stakeholders in social care to develop approaches to research and enhance its influence. More substantive research interests include people with learning disabilities, personalisation and adult protection. As Chair, Martin sees that his role is to help steer and develop SSRG in terms of services to members and in identifying opportunities where members’ views can influence the social care research agenda
Patricia has been a member of SSRG since the 1980s. She first joined the Executive Committee as Secretary. This was followed by three years as Chair during the 1990s. Since then she has been a member of the Executive Committee first in the role of immediate past Chair and then as Elected Member.
Patricia has worked in social care in London since 1972. Her work has covered research, planning, policy development and information management across five London Boroughs. She currently works as a Principal Policy Officer with Haringey Council where she is involved with children’s services development and planning.
Patricia represents SSRG on the ADSS Information Management Group.
joined the EC this year (2004).
Chris, originally from Belfast, came to Sussex to do a PhD in 1977. After successfully completing that he had various community posts in local government in the region and joined West Sussex Social Services in 1994 as Principal Research Officer. He is currently the Manager of the Research Unit in Social and Caring Services as well as having some corporate responsibilities around research management.
Main interests include Research Governance, user and carer involvement in research and promoting and raising the profile of research in general.
The role in SSRG involves liaising between SSRG and the other main regional research group SEARIG so that they work together in the interests of the region.
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Paul has been a member of SSRG since a long forgotten date in the 1970’s, and has held each of the branch offices for SSRG in Scotland. He has been on the NEC and now EC for various periods since 1984, sharing the representation of Scotland with other Branch officers for part of this time.
Paul has worked for four Scottish local authorities, first in planning and development roles in social work, and more recently in regeneration and social strategy roles with central departments, including Planning, Strategic Policy and at present Corporate Services. He has responsibility for four staff teams in social strategy, covering social inclusion including A City for All Ages, the city strategy for older people, community safety, and youth justice.
Current Post: Social Strategy Manager in the Corporate Services Department of the City of Edinburgh Council. Interests in good practice for research, evaluation, service scrutiny and management information. Topic interests in social justice and inclusion, regeneration, health inequality, access to work, community safety and youth justice.
Alan has been a member of SSRG since 1987 and on the EC since 1995. Alan took on the role of Treasurer in 1999, facilitating financial matters related to SSRG and works closely with Jackie Watson, our co-ordinator.
Alan has worked in social care in various roles since 1985, including work as a research officer, project officer and a wide range of planning and commissioning functions for Tameside MBC, and more recently as Principal Officer (Strategic Planning) and now Head of Performance across all services in the Community, Health and Social Services Directorate at Salford City Council.
Alan’s core interests in terms of SSRG relate to performance measurement, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and business planning, including the current role of SSRG representative on the ADASS Standards and performance Committee.
Alan is also the current Chair of the SSRG Standing Committee on Adult Services.
Estelle has been a member of SSRG since 1999, and joined the EC in November 2006.
Originally from Cornwall, Estelle has lived in Liverpool since going to university there. After being involved in firstly health and then social care for several years, she is currently the Research & Information Officer for Sefton MBC’s Health & Social Care Directorate.
There she is responsible for all adult management information, including the statutory returns, performance indicators and data analysis, particularly with a view to improving performance. This is therefore where her main interests lie with respect to SSRG.
Estelle represents SSRG on the Adult Review Group (ARG).
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John Woolham, Elected Rep
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Mark is a trained market researcher and with Jenny Wilding established Research Plus+ (Research plus and Research plus NFK – WordPress) in 1993. Research Plus+ undertakes research on a wide range of issues. Topics have included social care, mental health, offenders, substance misuse, carers and teenage pregnancy. Research Plus+ also conducts staff and customers surveys. In addition Research Plus+ assists universities and other organisations with multi site / area research projects.
Since 2009 Mark has been exploring the use of social media for business use. He has given talks on the use of social media in business and has been asked to contribute as a guest blogger. Mark is an active contributor to the research and business community on Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook.
If you are an independent researcher or work in East Anglia, Mark is especially keen to hear from you. Do get in touch 01603 408289.
Part-time Co-ordinator Jackie has been the SSRG Co-Ordinator for over ten years but she remains behind the scenes, helping to make the Group work.