Published on:30 December 2017
Enfield Council’s Director of Health Housing & Adult Social Care has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire
-Ray James awarded honour for services to Adult Social Care
-Mr James has worked for Enfield Council for 26 years
-He is due to start a secondment to NHS England as National Learning Disability Director
Enfield Council’s Director of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year’s Honours list for services to Adult Social Care.
Ray James, 52, started work at the Council in 1991 as a Service Manager and is beginning a secondment to NHS England as its National Learning Disability Director. He is also a former national president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
He said: “I am deeply honoured to receive such recognition and want to thank both colleagues and councillors at Enfield Council for their support over many years. Enfield rightly has a growing reputation built on the dedication and commitment of so many talented front line care and support staff, meaningful partnership with other public services and most of all the insight and wisdom of the local people we serve, their families and carers.
“Serving as the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) was a real privilege and I believe this honour is in no small part a recognition of the exceptional work members of the Association give so generously of their time to support.
"As I embark on a two year secondment to be National Learning Disability Director for NHS England, I will bring so much learning from my time with Enfield Council and ADASS.
“I don’t have words to express how much thanks I owe my family, it has been wonderful to share this news with them.”
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Alev Cazimoglu, said: “Everyone associated with Enfield Council is thrilled and honoured that Ray’s enormous contribution to Adult Social Care has been recognized in this way.
“He is an inspirational leader and a visionary in his field and has played an enormous role in helping Enfield Council to deliver high quality services to some of the most vulnerable people in the United Kingdom. His award is a testament to his dedication and excellence and is thoroughly deserved.”
Mr James has led a number of significant programmes of work nationally and at Enfield he has led teams who have achieved multiple award-winning services in respect of safeguarding, community involvement and independent living for disabled adults.