Children’s social care MD appointed
A NEW head of children’s social care has been appointed after undergoing several interviews.
Buckinghamshire County Council has announced David Johnston as the new managing director for children’s social care and learning.
Mr Johnston, who officially took up his position on December 1, qualified as a social worker before working in children’s social care services for several years.
He progressed to more senior and management positions in local authorities.
He worked as a social services inspector for five years, before deciding to return to local authority management in 2002.
Mr Johnston has been with Buckinghamshire County Council as interim service director since December 2013, supporting and advising the authority.
The core purpose of his new role is to lead his team to develop and improve services for all children, especially vulnerable children in Buckinghamshire.
Mr Johnston said: “I recognise a strong commitment and a lot of good work going on by hard working and passionately committed staff across the council to improve the outcomes and life chances for all their residents, in particular children, young people and their families.
“I look forward to leading the social care and learning service through this time of change, working closely in partnership with councillors, colleagues, schools and wider partners to continue Buckinghamshire’s journey of improvement.
“Between us we can achieve the required improvements to services especially for the most vulnerable children, young people and their families.”
Leader Martin Tett said: “There are many challenges ahead but I am confident that David will help us to continue to deliver in what is one of the county councils top priority areas.”
Cabinet member for children’s services Mike Appleyard said: “We’re very confident he is the right person to take on this challenging yet highly rewarding position and I look forward to working with him.”
The permanent director role has been vacant since Sue Imbriano’s retirement in September.
Trevor Boyd who was acting as interim will now resume his position as managing director for adults, health and communities.