Olwen has over thirty years’ experience in public services, mostly as a lawyer within local government. She is very well known and highly rated across the public sector. She is featured in Legal 500; where she is recommended and described as “very pragmatic”.
Olwen’s career has encompassed working at the highest levels in local and national government across England and Wales, in Europe and with a variety of stakeholders. She has excellent presentational and business development skills with a strong commercial and entrepreneurial style, and excels in going beyond the core legal approach to assist organisations to reach their objectives in the most effective way. Olwen possesses a great depth of knowledge and an excellent understanding about the key issues facing local government
She is Vice Chair of a large NHS Acute Health Trust and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, who invited her to become a Fellow due to the outstanding contribution she has made to local government. Previously, Olwen sat on the Care and Support Committee of one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations and was a Board member of several companies.
Olwen specialises in Governance and risk issues for local government including conduct issues, general procedure and governance requirements; investigations, legal reviews and corporate governance; equalities, shared services; the health and social care agenda and strategic planning. Her involvement with the NHS through her NED role gives her credibility and an inside view into the health sector. She is greatly in demand as a speaker and presenter, and regularly delivers training sessions for councils and other bodies. She is co-author of “the Law of Meetings” and speaks and writes regular articles about local government issues.
Olwen was named Partner of the Year by the Birmingham Law Society in 2013.