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Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson to retire in the autumn

The Chief Inspector is leaving the inspectorate after 7 years in post.

In a letter to National Advisory Board members, the Chief Inspector said it was with “mixed feelings” that she announced her retirement from CSSIW later this year.

A qualified social worker, Mrs Richardson has experience working for four social care inspectorates, and over the last 7 years has led on modernising CSSIW to ensure our work focuses on the lived experiences of service users.

She said:

After nearly seven years with the inspectorate, and a career in social care spanning 40 years, I am going to retire at the end of the summer.

As an inspectorate we have been determined to improve social care for people in Wales. With the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act now in place, the direction of travel for all social care in Wales is set, and I look forward to seeing those pieces of legislation bear fruit in the coming years.

My decision to retire this year has not been made lightly, but the inspectorate needs a leader who can see CSSIW through the implementation of legislative changes and transition during the next three years.

Plans for my replacement will be announced in due course.

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