Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tives leave roles

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Politics - Ju­dith Ton­ner

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil is say­ing farewell to two as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tives.

Is­abelle Boyd, who heads ed­u­ca­tion, youth & com­mu­ni­ties, is to re­tire after four decades in pub­lic ser­vice; while health and so­cial care as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tive Jan­ice He­witt is also mov­ing on ahead of changes to the ser­vice.

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Des Mur­ray said:“After a dis­tin­guished 40 years in pub­lic ser­vice, Is­abelle Boyd CBE has an­nounced her in­ten­tion to re­tire.

“She has been with the coun­cil for its en­tire ex­is­tence and has held many lead­er­ship posts in her ca­reer.

“Her strong com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing learn­ing, rais­ing at­tain­ment and clos­ing the poverty-re­lated at­tain­ment gap, to­gether with her out­stand­ing lead­er­ship, has been recog­nised both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

“I’m sure col­leagues will wish to join me in thank­ing Is­abelle for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing the life chances of our young peo­ple and wish her all the best for a long and happy re­tire­ment.”

The coun­cil and NHS La­nark­shire are re­view­ing in­te­grated health and so­cial care, which could see so­cial work for chil­dren and fam­i­lies and jus­tice trans­fer from the in­te­grated joint board to the coun­cil depart­ment.

Mr Mur­ray and health board chief ex­ec­u­tive Calum Camp­bell jointly said: “Against that back­drop and pro­posed changes to cur­rent ar­range­ments, Jan­ice He­witt has been of­fered and ac­cepted vol­un­tary sev­er­ance.

“We would like to thank Jan­ice for her lead­er­ship of in­te­grated health and so­cial care in North La­nark­shire since 2014. She has built solid foun­da­tions for the fu­ture in what has been a com­plex and chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“The is­sues as­so­ci­ated with in­te­grat­ing health and so­cial care are not sim­ple and Jan­ice has ap­proached this chal­lenge with en­ergy and de­ter­mi­na­tion. We would like to place on record our thanks to Jan­ice and our best wishes for the fu­ture.”

The coun­cil’s struc­ture is be­ing re­or­gan­ised into three main areas of ed­u­ca­tion & fam­i­lies, en­ter­prise & com­mu­ni­ties, and health & so­cial care, mean­ing it will now have two as­sis­tant chief ex­ec­u­tives and six ser­vice heads.

Re­tire­ment Is­abelle Boyd

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