Coun­cil ap­points ed­u­ca­tion direc­tor

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

BRID­GEND County Bor­ough Coun­cil has ap­pointed a per­ma­nent direc­tor of ed­u­ca­tion.

Lind­say Har­vey who had been the in­terim ed­u­ca­tion direc­tor at the lo­cal au­thor­ity since early 2017 has been ap­pointed to the po­si­tion.

At a full coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19, coun­cil leader Huw David con­grat­u­lated Mr Har­vey on his ap­point­ment.

In ad­di­tion to tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for ed­u­ca­tion and schools across the county, the role also in­cludes de­vel­op­ing the coun­cil’s early help ser­vices with a fo­cus on in­te­gra­tion with chil­dren’s so­cial care and sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the multi-agency safe­guard­ing hub.

Brid­gend coun­cil’s pre­vi­ous direc­tor Deb­o­rah McMil­lan left for a sec­ond­ment with the Welsh Gov­ern­ment in early 2017, ad­vis­ing the cabi­net sec­re­tary on ed­u­ca­tion mat­ters.

She has since been ap­pointed as the chil­dren’s com­mis­sioner for Jer­sey. At a full coun­cil meet­ing in July, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Brid­gend coun­cil, Dar­ren Mepham, told coun­cil­lors the lo­cal au­thor­ity was look­ing at de­vel­op­ing a com­bined ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice with Merthyr Tyd­fil coun­cil.

He said should a busi­ness case be agreed, the com­bined ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice would be de­vel­oped but the new ap­point­ment was a Brid­gend ap­point­ment.

Be­fore join­ing Brid­gend coun­cil, Mr Har­vey was the chief ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at Swansea coun­cil.

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