I am the Council’s statutory Chief Officer for Children (DCS) and Adults (DASS).
I am a qualified teacher and have taught in middle and secondary schools, Further Education and Higher Education.
I was a senior manager in Education for six years and a Governor in every phase of Education before moving into Local Authorities, initially in school improvement, where I was Ofsted trained and then with wider children’s services.
From 2005, I have been a Director in local Government and the health service, where I had responsibility for children and adult services, commissioning, libraries and community services, mental health services, and community health services. I have also been the national Director for a leading Children’s charity during this period.
In addition, I have advised the UK and other governments on education and children’s services matters, as well as a member of a number of Commissions of Inquiry, Advisory Boards and Ministerial Advisory Groups.