David Watts

Director of Adult Services

David is the Director of Adult Services for the City of Wolverhampton Council, having been appointed to this role in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, David joined Wolverhampton in October 2016 as the Service Director for Adults.

David is an experienced practitioner and manager in adult social care who began his career in adult provider services in Northamptonshire, working predominantly in Older People's residential care, day services and domiciliary care. David then moved into assessment and case management. David subsequently completed his diploma in social work and then enhanced this qualification to a BA Hons in Advanced Social Work with Adults through post-qualification training. Prior to Wolverhampton David held numerous adult social care roles in Northamptonshire, before taking a short-term role at Coventry as Assistant Director for adult social care and interim roles for NHS England and Staffordshire County Council.

In the time he has worked in Wolverhampton David has led the Transforming Adult Social Care programme, and ensured delivery through the Better Care Fund and improving health partnerships, resulting in significant operational improvements.

David represents the City of Wolverhampton Council on a number of external forums including West Midlands ADASS, as chair of the regional ADASS performance network and co-lead of the National ADASS Standards, Performance and Informatics workstream. 

Emma Bennett

Director of Children's Services

Emma is the Director of Children's Services for the City of Wolverhampton Council, having been appointed to this role in September 2017. Prior to this appointment, Emma joined Wolverhampton in 2007, initially as Deputy Head of Service for Children and Young People in Care.

During her ten years in Wolverhampton, she worked her way up to Head of Service for Children and Young People in Care through to Assistant Director for Children's Services and then secured her current role.

Emma is an experienced practitioner and manager in children's social care who began her social work career in a children's secure home in Staffordshire and then moved into frontline child protection work.  She had a number of roles in Staffordshire and Doncaster MBC before returning to the Midlands and began working in Wolverhampton.

Whilst in Wolverhampton Emma has played a major role in the leadership of the Transforming Children's Services programme, which culminated being judged as 'good' by Ofsted in March 2017 following an inspection of Children's Services, including demand management and ensuring children and young people are at the heart of service delivery.

Emma represents the City of Wolverhampton at the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services and leads on the 'Quality of Practice' priority for the region. 

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