SCIE appoints Julie Jones as new chief executive

Director of children’s services at Westminster Council Julie Jones has today been appointed as the new chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Julie Jones, who is also deputy chief executive of Westminster Council and a former president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, will take over from the current chief executive, Bill Kilgallon, who retires at the end of this month.

David Behan, director general of social care at the Department of Health, welcomed the appointment and described Jones as “an effective leader”.

Jones said it was a great honour to take on the role, but said she was not underestimating the scale of the task. “I recognise the day to day pressures faced by care workers and managers, and the increasing complexity of the sector.”

Julie Jones began her career in social services in Camden in the early 1970s.

There was recently a child abuse case in Westminster where a four year old girl with cerebral palsy was tortured by her parents. Kimberley Harte and Samuel Duncan were jailed for their horrific catalogue of abuse and each received more than 10 years in prison for torturing the child, known as Child B.

The press said the case was another Victoria Climbie but Jones spoke to Community Care about how she felt her department was misrepresented.

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