It’s a moment of pride and celebration at The Staff College as Meera Spillett, a trailblazer in social work and children’s services, has been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award (Gold) at the Social Worker of the Year Awards.
With an illustrious career spanning over 35 years, Meera has not only been at the forefront of initiatives that have shaped the landscape of social work but has also held various significant roles, including that of Director of Children’s Services. Her leadership and expertise have been instrumental in addressing the underrepresentation of black leaders in the social care sector.
Meera’s written works, such as ‘Leading in Colour’, ‘Black Leaders Missing in Action’, and ‘Cultural Competence,’ have sparked essential conversations on race and leadership. Her commitment to these issues continues through her work with the DHSC Advisory Group for the Social Care Workforce Race Equality Standard.
Upon receiving the award, Meera expressed her heartfelt emotions, saying, “I’m speechless, and I’m not usually speechless! I feel amazed and blessed.” This genuine reaction reflects the depth of her dedication and the impact of this recognition on her.
Her journey is as inspiring as her work. Starting as a looked after child and navigating life with disabilities and health challenges, Meera’s story is one of resilience and courage. She is greatly admired by her colleagues, seen as a source of inspiration, encouragement, and a constant challenger for fairness and best practice in the field.
The Social Worker of the Year Awards, by shining a light on the hard work and achievements of social workers like Meera, recognises her lifelong dedication and the significant impact she has made. The Staff College is thrilled to see Meera’s work recognised in such a significant way and looks forward to continuing to support leaders like her in the field.
Leading the tributes to Meera following her award were Jane Parfrement, Jacky Tiotto and Peter Hay CBE.