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Speaker Biography

David Behan CBE

Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health

David Behan was appointed Director General for Social Care in the Department of Health in June 2006. He took up post in September 2006. From November 2003 he was the first Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection. From 1996 to 2003 he was Director of Social Services, London Borough of Greenwich and a member of the Greenwich Primary Care Trust Board and the Professional Executive Committee. In 2003 he was the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services. Between 1989 and 1996 David was Director of Social Services with Cleveland County Council, having been Senior Assistant Director and Deputy Director there. Following Local Government reorganisation he held the position of Director of Social Services for Middlesbrough Council.
Between 1984 and 1989 he was employed by Avon County Council in a variety of head office posts and as an area manager in North Bristol. Between 1978 and 1984 David was employed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Social Services Department, working initially as a social worker then as a team manager in Children’s Services. David was born and brought up in Blackburn in Lancashire and graduated from Bradford University in 1978. He was awarded a CBE in 2003, and in 2004 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Greenwich University.