New chil­dren’s ser­vices boss is re­vealed

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CHESHIRE East Coun­cil is set to ap­point Kath O’Dwyer as its new Di­rec­tor of Chil­dren’s Ser­vices and Deputy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

Kath is cur­rently Na­tional Di­rec­tor for So­cial Care at Of­sted and pre­vi­ously headed up chil­dren’s ser­vices at War­ring­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil.

The Coun­cil’s staffing com­mit­tee has unan­i­mously rec­om­mended the ap­point­ment and it has the sup­port of po­lit­i­cal group lead­ers, who have al­ready con­sulted their mem­bers about it.

Full coun­cil will be asked for its for­mal endorsement in a vote on July 23.

Coun­cil­lor Rachel Bai­ley, Cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “Kath has an ex­cep­tional track record both at Of­sted and in lo­cal author­i­ties.

“She im­proves per­for­mance while giv­ing her col­leagues real con­fi­dence in the qual­ity of the ser­vices they pro­vide.”

Mean­while, coun­cil bosses have agreed that the role of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for strate­gic com­mis- sion­ing will be­come re­dun­dant. As a re­sult, Lorraine Butcher will be leav­ing the coun­cil to seek new chal­lenges.

She said: “Af­ter six years of work­ing for Cheshire East Coun­cil, I have taken the de­ci­sion that now is the right time to move on to seek new chal­lenges in my ca­reer in pas­tures new.”

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