Prof Charlotte Williams OBE
Charlotte Williams OBE is Honorary Professor in the School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences, Bangor University. She holds Honorary appointments at Glyndwr University and at the University of South Wales. She was the Alva Myrdal Visiting Professor at Malardarlen University 2019-2020 and Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University (2006-2012).
Charlotte is an alumni of Bangor University, graduating with an First Class BA Hons in Social Policy in 1983, a CQSW and Masters in Social Work in 1986 and a PhD Social Policy in 2004. Over her thirty-year academic career, Charlotte has held a number of senior leadership roles including Head of the School of Public Policy at Keele University (2006-2012) and Associate Dean at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia (2012-21). She was awarded a personal Chair at Keele University in 2007 and in that same year was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to ethnic minorities and equalities in Wales. In 2021 she was awarded an Honorary DLitt from Keele University.
Charlotte has held numerous Ministerial public appointments in UK and specifically in Wales. She was Chair of the Welsh Child Poverty Strategy Task group which led to the Welsh government’s first formal Strategy on tackling child poverty. She was Commissioner on the taskforce on electoral arrangements Wales which led to significant reforms and she undertook commissioned research on equality in public appointments in Wales and on access to justice in Wales which resulted in the major equality bodies revising their policy and practice. In 2020 she was appointed by the Minister for Education to Chair the Working Group: ‘Communities, Contributions and Cynefin: Black Asian Minority Ethnicities in the new curriculum' which reported in March 2021 and is set to have far reaching impacts on the implementation of the new curriculum in Wales.
Charlotte has researched and published extensively on issues of migration, race / ethnicity, and multiculturalism with particular reference to professional practice. Her work in Wales defines her profile and arises from her personal and academic commitment to advance race equality in Wales. She is co-editor of the ground-breaking text ‘A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a devolved Wales’ (UWP 2003 and 2015). Some of her recent books include Social Policy for Social Welfare Practice in Wales. 3rd Edition. Birmingham, BASW/Venture Press (co-ed 2021); Critical Multicultural Practice in Social Work: New Perspectives and Practices. Routledge (Ed. 2020). Social Work and the City: Urban Themes in 21st Century Social Work. Palgrave Macmillan (Ed. 2016) and Social Work in a Diverse Society, Bristol: Policy Press (ed 2016).
Charlotte is deputy editor of the journal Critical and Radical Social Work and a co-editor on the Journal of Social Work.
Charlotte’s contributions to post-colonial studies include her memoir, Sugar and Slate (Planet Books 2002), exploring her Welsh-Guyanese heritage and diasporic identity which was awarded Welsh Book of the Year in 2003; co-editor of Denis Williams: A Life in Works, New and Collected Essays (Rodopi 2010), numerous short stories and regular contributions to Internationalist Journals including Planet, Wales Review Online, Wasafiri. In 2005 she was Chair of the judging panel for Welsh Book of the Year and once again she is on the judging panel for Welsh book of the year 2021.