The latest new appointments in the social care
Durham social services director Peter Kemp is
leaving his job next April. Kemp, who has been in the job for 18
years, is leaving to “take a change of
Dudley Council has appointed Hilary Jackson as
assistant director for business services in its social services
directorate. She was previously principal policy development
officer. Richard Carter has been appointed
assistant director for learning disability and mental health
services. He joins the department permanently after being on
secondment from West Midlands social services inspectorate since
April last year.
Frances Done is to join the Audit Commission as
managing director for local government, housing and criminal
justice. Done is best known as the former chief executive of
Manchester 2002, the organising committee of the Commonwealth
Warrington Council’s director of social services,
David Whitehead, has taken on the job of acting
chief executive until the council makes a permanent appointment
next year. An announcement is expected shortly on who will become
acting social services director.
Angela Killick has been become interim
chairperson of CAFCASS – the Children and Family Court
Advisory Service – following the resignation of Anthony
Hewson in October. Killick has been chairperson of three National
Health Service authorities.
Mike Gardiner, Hampshire Council’s senior
social services manager for Winchester and Andover, is retiring
after 28 years in social services.
Harrow council has appointed Paul Osburn to
head one of four new directorates introduced by the council to
replace traditional departments. Osburn will become the executive
director of ‘People First’, which brings together
health, social care and learning services in a multi-agency
approach. Osburn was formerly director of education at
Former social worker Beryl Seaman has been
appointed as a commissioner with the Commission for Social Care
Inspection. Seaman is currently chairperson of the Probation Boards
Association and chairperson of the South Yorkshire Probation Board.
CSCI is a new regulatory body which is expected to become
operational in April 2004.
Christine Lenehan is to take over the post of
director of the Council for Disabled Children from Philippa
Russell. Lenehan started her career as a social worker in London
and joined the CDC as principal development officer in 2000. After
nearly 30 years as director, Russell is moving to the National
Children’s Bureau to take up a senior policy and consultancy
The Shaftesbury Society has recruited Cheryl
Blaber as a new director of adult support services to head
the newly reorganised department. Blaber joins the organisation
from the National Care Standards Commission where she was area
manager for the Avon region.
Jack Blackmore is replacing Tony Hunter as
director of social services, housing and public protection at East
Riding of Yorkshire Council. Blackmore is currently the head of
social services at the council. Hunter is leaving to become
executive director of supported living and community safety with
Liverpool Council at the end of October.
Bernice Law, is leaving her post as acting chief
executive of Warrington Council to become executive director of
operations at the Northwest Development Agency. She has worked in
local government for more than 28 years.
Alan Turley, currently the council’s head of economic development,
is also joining the NWDA as its executive director of enterprise
The Fostering Network has appointed Robert
Tapsfield as its new executive director. Tapsfield is
currently chief executive of the Family Rights Group, a position he
has held since 1999. During his time at the organisation he has
been involved in the promotion of family and friends care for
children, who are unable to live with their birth families.
Tapsfield will be joining the Network in January 2004, replacing
interim executive director Gillian Ashmore. Previous director Gerri
McAndrew left the organisation in August to join the Frank Buttle
BBC social affairs editor Niall Dickson is set
to be the new chief executive of the King’s Fund from 1 January
2004. He will take over from Rabbi Julia Neuberger, who had been in
post for six years.
Allison Ogden-Newton has joined
socialenterpriselondon (SEL), the regional agency that promotes
social enterprise in the capital and increases the scale of social
economy. Ogden-Newton was previously CEO at Women’s Education in
Building, a social enterprise that promotes education and training
in the construction trades for women who face barriers into
Social Work Solutions recruitment agency has appointed
Dianne Strauss as its new managing director.
Strauss, originally from Melbourne, has run health sector
recruitment desks in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Luton Council has appointed Jo Cleary as its
interim corporate director of housing and social services. Cleary,
who is head of policy at the Social Services Inspectorate (SSI), is
due to start working on a six-month secondment in November. She
will be taking over from Hugh Dunnachie who is leaving to become
social services director for Hillingdon Council.
The Department for Education and Skills has appointed
Lesley Staggs as its national director for the
Foundation Stage – which sets out early learning goals for three to
five-year-olds. Staggs has been appointed to develop links between
the foundation stage and the early years of formal schooling.
Sonia Richardson has joined the Mental Health
Foundation as the head of Mental Health in Later Life. Richardson
is a qualified social worker and previously worked for Age Concern
for over six years as a trainer on areas such as dementia, rights
and risks, depression and mental health in later life. Since 2000,
she has been teaching students on the professional social work
training course and specialising in work with adult service
Health minister John Hutton has welcomed the appointment of
Carmel Flatley as chief executive and a shadow
non-executive team member to the board of the planned NHS
Professionals Special Health Authority. She has worked mainly in
human resources and was appointed as senior vice president, chief
human resources and training officer at MacDonalds in 1998.
John Rose is to be the new acting chief
executive at the Wales Youth Agency following the retirement of
Brian Williams due to ill health. Rose, currently deputy chief
executive, will take on the role until April. The agency’s board
will be starting a recruitment drive for a new chief executive
Mary Ney, chief executive of Greenwich Council,
has been appointed co-chairperson of the Learning Disability Task
Force. She will replace Chris Davies, former social services
director in Somerset, who has taken up a new post with Cardiff
Council. Ney will co-chair the task force with Michelle Chinery, a
member of the National Forum of People with Learning
Sonia Richardson has started at the Mental
Health Foundation as the head of Mental Health in Later Life. A
qualified social worker, she has been a senior social services
manager, and for over six years she has worked for Age Concern as a
trainer on areas such as dementia, rights and risks, depression and
mental health in later life. Since 2000, she has been teaching
students on the professional social work training course, and
specialising in work with adult service users.
Hugh Dunnachie will join the London borough of
Hillingdon as its director of social services in mid-November.
Dunnachie is currently director of housing and social services at
Luton Council. He takes over from Jim Wilson, who has been
Hillingdon’s interim director since October 2002.
Alan Weale has been appointed as the head of the
Institute of Health and Social Care at University College
Worcester. Weale was previously the head of the department of
psychology, health and social care at UCW.
Social care charity, Turning Point, has appointed a new
board of trustees. The 10 appointees come from a range of sectors
linked to the charity’s work.
Lionel Joyce has been reappointed as
chairperson of the trustees, he was previously the chief executive
of a NHS mental health trust and is a service user.
Other members of the board include:
Matt Muijen, director of the Sainsbury Centre
for Mental Health
Elisabeth Al-Khalifa, group head of the
equality strategy and human rights at the Department of Health
Andrew Webster, an existing Turning Point
Trustee and executive director of social services and health
improvement with Lambeth Council
Richard McKendrick, has been appointed as the
director of the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity providing foster
care and supported lodgings services to lesbian, gay and bisexual
young people. McKendrick used to be acting regional director at
social care charity Turning Point. He takes over from Carole
Thomson, who left in late May after three years’ service.