Imelda will retire at the end of September with Gillian taking up the post of Chief Inspector on 10 October.
Announcing the appointment, Welsh Government Permanent Secretary Sir Derek Jones thanked Imelda for the commitment and expertise she has brought to the role over the past 7 years.
The Permanent Secretary said:
I am delighted to appoint Gillian as Chief Inspector for CSSIW. She has an excellent track record and is the right person to steer CSSIW through its next chapter. She is joining as new legislation in Wales provides the opportunity to continue to improve the quality and stability of social care in Wales.
I would also like to thank Imelda for the commitment and expertise she has brought to the role. She has overseen the development of a progressive regulator and inspectorate that is both inclusive and collaborative and make a positive difference to people’s lives. I wish her well for her retirement.
Gillian said she was delighted to be appointed to the role.
I am looking forward to this new challenge to help support the improvement of wider social care services across Wales.
Retiring Chief Inspector Imelda Richardson said:
I would like to warmly welcome Gillian to CSSIW in her new role as Chief Inspector, and look forward to continued success for the organisation in the coming years.
She is taking on an organisation where staff and partners work together with citizens, service providers, sector organisations, and other inspectorates to jointly improve care services.
It has been a privilege to work with and alongside such committed people and professionals at all levels.