Council executives leave roles
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