Chil­dren’s so­cial care MD ap­pointed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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