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Keeping adults safe - new independent chair appointed

As the county prepares to meet new regulations to keep vulnerable adults safe, Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board is pleased to announce that Ivan Powell has been appointed to the post of Independent Chair of the Board.

The Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) brings together individuals and representatives from various agencies to work in partnership and develop best practice to keep vulnerable adults safe.  Herefordshire’s Safeguarding Adults Board has been up and running for some time, although its role will become more important over the coming months to meet the Care Act (2014) regulations.

Born and bred in Herefordshire, Ivan is well known throughout the county as he was formerly in a number of high profile roles with West Mercia Police.   He joined West Mercia Police in 1982 where he served in a range of roles working his way up the ranks until he eventually retired earlier this year. 

As Superintendent Head of Performance, Force Crime Manager and Commander for Herefordshire, he gained experience in child protection, domestic abuse and hate crime.  He was a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Community Safety Partnership and Families First Steering group, as well as chairing the multi-agency groups tackling domestic abuse and alcohol harm reduction.

Ivan is delighted to be taking up the role of Independent Chair, Safeguarding Adults Board.  He said: “I am familiar with many of the committed and professional individuals and organisations who work in the vital area of safeguarding adults across the county, but look forward to meeting and working with new colleagues too.

“The portfolio is not without its challenges.  Keeping vulnerable adults safe is everyone’s business.  I see it as my role to make sure we work effectively together to meet our commitment to the county’s most vulnerable people who need our support.  This involves keeping them safe from harm, making sure they have a voice and that they are treated with dignity.”

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