Care sector chief recognised for contribution to Welsh society

Care Council for Wales Chief Executive, Rhian Huws Williams, is to be honoured as a new member of the Gorsedd of the Bards at the Carmarthenshire National Eisteddfod in August.

The Gorsedd is a society of individuals who have made a notable contribution to the nation, its language and culture. These honours, which are presented annually, will be awarded at a special ceremony on the Eisteddfod Maes on Friday 8 August.

Rhian will receive blue robes, which recognise service in the fields of law, science, sports, journalism, media and local or national activities. She will be among six people originally from north Wales to receive blue robes at the Eisteddfod in Llanelli.

Llanefydd-born Rhian has more than 30 years’ experience of working in social services in Wales as a social worker and trainer and has developed policies and strategies on workforce development and regulation in Wales and at an UK level.

Throughout her career, Rhian has been committed to improving understanding of the importance of language as a core element of good practice in social work and social care, as well as commissioning and contributing to publications on the significance of language in effective practice.

Rhian is a member of the Ministerial Task Group to develop a strategic framework for the Welsh language in health and social care, chairing the monitoring group.

She was also a member of the Ministerial Task Group on Welsh learning for adults in 2012/13.