Association of Public Authority Deputies

APAD Annual Conference – Friday 20th May 2022 10 am to 15.20 pm

BCEC (Lobby entrance on Hill Street)

 Birmingham B5 4EW


Finalised Agenda available here! 

Call for questions for our Annual APAD Conference Friday 20th May BCEC

Dear Members – we are getting ready for our 2022 conference at the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre. We are just making the final touches to ensure we have the speakers ready, check all the invites have gone out and that we maximise the time we spend together. The topics are as varied as the speakers, but we look forward to coming together to network, hear the latest Court of Protection and OPG updates, hear what fellow members have been doing, understand current research and case law all related to the specialist field of public authority deputyships.


We hope to have many stalls of related business’s keen to share their latest developments and offer resources that you may like to consider. We still have some spaces available so be quick to complete your registration forms, noting dietary and access requirements so we can welcome you on the day.  We are hoping to have a live streaming option for members to connect remotely, we will confirm this imminently for those who may not be able to travel to join us on the day.


Please would you send us your questions you would like us to put to the expert panel on the day – this will consist of Her Honour Senior Judge Hilder from the Court of Protection and Ruth Duffin – representing the Public Guardian from the Office of the Public Guardian, as well as National APAD Committee members. We will have a separate Q&A session with Lyndon Walters and a colleague from the Department for Work and Pensions – please send in your questions in advance so Lyndon is able to prep a response for you and follow through on complex issues. As always, the panel will not be able to answer person specific queries.

Look forward to seeing you then.

Formal Notice for APAD National Committee Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting for the National APAD committee will be held Tuesday 17th May at 11am remotely over MS teams. The agenda for the AGM will focus on re-appointment and election of the National committee Officers. Currently the officers are:

Chair – Bernice Scott-Field

Co-Chair – Yvonne Mitchell

Deputy Chair – Amanda Coyne

Treasurer – Richard Thorne

Secretary – Joanne Kent

Website – Stuart Hadland

Tracy Brooks

Zena Boniface

Tarquin May

Peter Hampton left the Committee earlier in the year.

The National Committee is calling for new committee members – please do contact if you are interested, attaching a brief paragraph summarising why you would like to join and what you would be able to contribute. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a national association and support making public authority deputyship excellent!!



A ‘Distance Learning’ option is now available for APAD Accredited learning.

Due to the restrictions we were unable to continue offering our normal APAD Corporate Deputyship Accreditation programme, which includes face-to-face workshops. However, in order to allow us to keep offering this programme, your committee has redeveloped this programme and is now pleased to be able to offer the same learning opportunity at a distance.