Gerald Wells was appointed to East Park Board in November 2014 and as Chairman in October 2018.
After almost forty years in social work Gerry took early retirement in October 2013.
His career was stimulated by volunteering in a long stay hospital for children and adults with learning disabilities before university. After his degree he worked as a trainee social worker in Manchester, later gaining his social work qualification at Glasgow University in 1977. He has lived in Glasgow ever since.
His early local authority employment delivered community located services to children and families, older people, people with disabilities, and offenders, hence developing a strong practice based foundation for a rewarding career. Gerry served communities in Glasgow, East Kilbride, and Cambuslang.
From being a generic social worker Gerry moved into operational management and strategic planning roles. The latter focussed on services for people with learning disabilities as part of the Glasgow Learning Disabilities Partnership. With the largest learning disability services budget in Scotland, this partnership heralded models of integrated health and social work. This period saw the closure of large scale institutions, and the development of community based models of support.
In January 2004 Gerry joined Quarriers, a voluntary sector care provider with a history to match that of East Park. Appointed Service Director in May 2009 Gerry carried responsibility for adult disability services, involving some 1200 staff. Focus was on person-centred approaches, continuous improvement and quality. During this time successful tendering submissions included a new residential respite service for children with disabilities. Gerry had a key role in preparing the organisation for implementation of the Scottish Government’s Self Directed Support Strategy.
Away from work Gerry enjoys being a grandparent. He supports community cohesion, is a past parent member of Stonelaw High School Board and past chair of his local community council. Gerry is a long standing trustee of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Citizens Advice Bureau.