Comment: Tribute to Dave Hill, ADCS President 2016/17
Sarah Caton, ADCS Chief Officer, said:
“I was absolutely devastated to hear the sad news that Dave Hill, a dear friend, colleague and former ADCS President has passed away.
“It’s hard to find the right words to pay tribute to Dave in a way that he truly deserves, particularly because he has made such an enormous difference to the lives of so many throughout his long career in local government. He was a kind and compassionate man who was deeply committed to improving the lived experiences and outcomes of all children and young people, particularly children in care. A big man with a big heart and an even bigger talent, Dave was a charismatic and inspirational leader. Dave’s presidential year was unique and will always be remembered for its focus on ‘love’, based on the simple premise that all children deserve to be and to feel loved by those who care for and work with them. Dave also cared passionately about changing the narrative about the care system in England. As Chief Officer of ADCS, I had the privilege and the pleasure of working closely with Dave when he was President and he will be sadly missed. What I wouldn’t give now for a bear hug embrace from the marvellous Dave Hill.
“Our heartfelt sympathies and our love go to Dave’s wife Jo and his daughters Laurel and Lydia. On Friday, we’ll be re-running the blog Dave wrote in April 2016 when he became ADCS President. Entitled ‘what’s love got to do with it?’ it’s classic Dave and I hope a fitting tribute to our dear friend. It’s a huge loss for us all and a huge loss for the sector.”