Kathryn has worked in social work and social care roles for 25 years with a strong focus on children’s services and services to support vulnerable adults. She is currently the Director of Children, Families and Justice and the statutory Chief Social Work Officer at Angus Council. In her local role, Kathryn is a member of the Angus Integration Joint Board and Audit Committee supporting and scrutinising the delivery of integrated adult care services. Kathryn has led on the development and delivery of a range of social work services and is a champion for working with supported people to introduce trauma informed models of support.
In a voluntary capacity, Kathryn has been involved at Board level with Social Work Scotland, the professional leadership organisation for social work and social care in Scotland, since 2018 and is currently the past Convener. In that role, Kathryn led the profession nationally during the Covid19 pandemic, chaired the national meeting of Chief Social Work Officers and represented the profession on the Ministerial Taskforce for Victims. Kathryn was previously a professional adviser to Lloyds TSB PDI in their grant making work to support children impacted by parental substance misuse.
A social worker committed to professional development, Kathryn has a range of professional and academic qualifications and particularly enjoys the opportunity to learn from people how services can be designed to better meet their needs.
Kathryn lives in Angus and is immensely proud to have current family connections to the armed forces in Scotland.