Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

In Memoriam Nigel Elliott – GAPS Trustee, Treasurer and Friend

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Nigel Elliott in February 2024.

GAPS’s board of trustees and staff would like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution Nigel made to GAPS in the role of Treasurer, as a long-serving, key member of the board, and as a persistently thoughtful, positive and supportive presence within GAPS. 

Nigel Elliott

Nigel qualified as a social worker and probation officer in 1978. In his social work career he moved moved between practice, management, in-service training and education, concluding with a lectureship in social work at Kingston University, from which he retired in 2010.  Nigel retained his engagement with the social work profession througout his retirement as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work Practice, and as member, Trustee and Treasurer of GAPS, in which roles he made an enormous contribution to both the charity and the journal.

Nigel was assiduous in his attention to detail, and his thinking through of problems was informed by both logic and a keen moral sensibility. He could illustrate his thinking through worked examples, making it easy for the Trustee Board to make financial decisions, and illuminating our understanding of other issues. Scrupulously fair, always kind, he was ever mindful to protect GAPS’ financial security and reputation. He brought all these qualities into his role on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work practice, asking penetrating questions in response to publisher’s reports, for example, but always with gentleness and courtesy.  He took up the role of book review editor in the same exemplary way, always on track, gently nudging busy or dilatory reviewers, and diligently following up suggestions.

Nigel was one of those rare souls who never said a bad word about anyone.  He was consistent in his gentle sense of humour and cheerful nature. He coupled immense modesty with generous respect and admiration for others. He was someone we could always rely on and we will miss him as a colleague and as a person.

Nigel’s funeral took place on 7th March at St Aiden’s Church, Coulsdon.  Nigel’s son David paid tribute to his father, you can read it by clicking the link below.

In memory of Nigel, GAPS has made a donation of £1,000 to one of his favourite charities, St Martin in the Fields which supports people facing homelessness.

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