Careers in Adult Social Care

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Colin Ansell Colin Ansell

Interim Chief Executive, Newham Council

Prior to this, Colin held various senior leadership roles at Newham Council in corporate services and adult social care, the last being the Corporate Director of Adults and Health (DASS). 

Colin started his permanent career at Newham Council in 2000 as a Customer Services Officer and has worked his way up including becoming CIPFA qualified. 

As the Interim Chief Executive, Colin leads the broad portfolio of adult services, including health and care integration across the borough, adult safeguarding, homelessness prevention and commissioning arrangements to provide safe and timely services to our most vulnerable adults. 


Tony JoblingTony Jobling  

Director of Operations, Adults Services

Tony began his career in health and social care, training to be a Registered Nurse – Learning Disabilities in the 1980’s.  Since that time Tony has held a variety of management positions across NHS, Local Authority and the Voluntary Sector. 

He joined Newham in 2004 initially to integrate health and social care services and has since undertaken  a number of senior management roles in Adult Social Care.  Tony has had access to training opportunities and experiences that have helped him to advance and progress his career here in Newham, including mentoring and career development support. 

Tony has been the Director of Operations (Adults) since July 2018.  He is committed to ensuring we have a highly skilled workforce that is passionate about supporting Newham residents as individuals and empowering them to be as independent as possible. 


Berylin Moore 

Berylin Moore

Principal Social Worker, Adults Services 

As the Principal Social Worker, Berylin’s vision is to create a culture of learning and development for the Social Care Practitioners in Adult Services. She is keen to ensure that staff are equipped with opportunities to grow and develop their expertise, knowledge, skills and practice. Berylin is committed to staff career development and recognises that our Social Workers need a pathway to progress in their profession and reach their full potential from the point of entering the organisation.

Newham Adult Services is committed to supporting the professional well-being of staff. Practitioners are provided with a range of platforms enabling them to reflect, connect and discuss casework. Newham Adult Services encourage practitioners to share their case work intervention and experiences in peer supervision so that staff have the opportunity to learn from each other.

"Supervision is an essential aspect of social work and I am focused on developing frameworks which continue to facilitate high quality supervision experiences for supervisors and practitioners.  As the Principal Social Worker for Newham Adult Services, it’s so important for me to hear from the workforce and keep up-to-date with frontline issues. "


Sarah forshaw

Sarah Forshaw

Principal Occupational Therapist, Adults Services

Sarah has responsibility for the delivery of the Occupational Therapy service for adults with disabilities. Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with residents and their family members who may be carers too. They will work with them to identify ways of doing every day activities as independently as possible where these may be difficult. OTs may provide ideas for doing things in a different way to make the activity easier, or they may suggest using items of equipment or even recommend adaptations to your home.

Newham Adult Services support OTs to develop their practice by offering monthly one to one supervision with an OT Practice Manager. Newham Adult Services also hold monthly OT Peer Learning which is a supportive forum enabling OTs to share and learn together with their peers. The sessions cover a diverse range of topics, and involve small group supervision for deep dives into cases. 

"I am passionate about helping individuals to engage in the everyday occupations that are important to them. I love my role as it is so rewarding to hear how we are making a positive difference to the lives of those we support."

Abidemi Tubi Abidemi Tubi

Social Worker, Adult Review Team

Abidemi originally joined the borough as a locum social worker in the Adult Review Team in 2016. Abidemi embraces all that Newham has to offer with regard to the various opportunities for career progression.

Since then, she has supervised student social workers, and qualified as a Best Interest Assessor and a Practice Educator. 



Working for Newham provides me with opportunities to develop in my career. I have since qualified as a Practice Educator and supervise students on placement.