New head for children’s services board
THE Government has appointed a new independent chairman to head up B u c k i n g h a m s h i r e ’s Children’s Services Improvement Board.
John Goldup, a former deputy chief inspector and national director of social care at Ofsted will chair his first meeting of the Board today.
Mr Goldup also brings a wealth of local government experience managing children’s and adult social care departments in various local authorities.
The decision to appoint an independent chair follows a series of recommendations made in a detailed report by Government consultants, Red Quadrant, which examined Buckinghamshire’s plans for improvement following Ofsted’s ‘inadequate’ rating of its children’s social care August.
Mr Goldup has been formally appointed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
Chief executive Chris Williams, who previously chaired the board, said he welcomed Mr Goldup’s appointment.
He added: “A new independent chair will ensure both complete transparency and an extra dimension of challenge to
last the work of Improvement Board.
“We have robust plans in place to improve services as quickly as we can and with John’s chairmanship I know we can deliver on our aspirations.
“Stepping aside from chairing the board will allow me to fully concentrate on supporting my managers to drive the improvement plan at pace.”