Professor Keith Brown 

Professor Keith Brown was the founding Director of the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice and he is an Emeritus Professor at Bournemouth University where the social work department was ranked number 1 in the UK in the 2020 and 2021 Guardian League Table.  

In 2005 he was awarded the Linda Ammon memorial prize sponsored by the then Department for education and skills awarded to the individual making the greatest contribution to education and training in the UK. He was awarded a Chartered Trading Standard Institute [CTSI]’ Institutional Hero’ award in 2017 recognising the significance of his research into financial fraud and scams. For the past 7 years he has led the national research into fraud and scams on behalf of the National Trading Standards Scams team and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

He sits on the Department of Health and Social Care safeguarding advisory board, the joint DHSC and MOJ National Mental Capacity Leadership forum and the Home Office Joint Financial task force.

He has written over 35 text books in the fields of social work and leadership and is particularly known for his contributions in the areas of Mental Capacity and Leadership. He has written national guidance on Advance Care Planning, Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment and the value and use of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Since his retirement from a full time academic post he has been the Independent Chair of the NHS Safeguarding Adults National Network, the Chair of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Chair of 'Love Southampton', a body that represents a number of food banks and 4 debt advice centres on behalf of the Churches in Southampton. He is also an Ambassador for ‘Faith in Later Life’ and a member of Above Bar Church Southampton.