Birmingham City Council has announced the appointment of Alastair Gibbons as the new executive director for children’s services, covering all aspects of children’s social care.
The role, reporting directly to strategic director for people Peter Hay, is to drive through the improvement agenda, ensuring proper oversight of a substantial change programme agreed by Lord Warner, the city’s children’s commissioner.
Alastair Gibbons has thirty years’ experience in local authority social services since completing his social work qualification at Birmingham University. He has worked in a number of different roles in both children’s and adult services, mainly in Leicestershire, Milton Keynes, and latterly in Essex. Alastair was Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care in Milton Keynes for five years before moving to Essex in January 2012 to be part of a new senior management team that helped Essex move from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ through a focus on relationship-based social work with families.
He said: “I am very honoured to be offered this key post to lead Birmingham children’s social care. This will be a challenge and an opportunity to build more effective social work services that will meet the needs of children and support their families. I am very much looking forward to that challenge and opportunity, working with and building on the progress social work staff have made over the past year.”
The interim leadership at Birmingham over the summer will continue prior to Alastair starting his role, which includes Eleni Ioannides , a very experienced director of children’s services and social care director.
Councillor Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services, said: “I am pleased to be welcoming Alastair back to Birmingham as we move forward in our improvement journey. He has done excellent work improving children’s social care in Essex and he is ideally suited to the job here in Birmingham.”
Alastair will take up his new role at the city council on 2 February.
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