New children’s strategic director appointed

By on 23/01/2012 in News

A new strategic director for children, young people and families has been appointed by Birmingham City Council.

Peter Duxbury, currently executive director of children's and adults' services at Lincolnshire County Council, was offered the job earlier this month following a series of interviews, including one by a panel of four young people.

Mr Duxbury, a former social worker and youth justice worker, worked at a number of local authorities in the north-west of England before becoming assistant director of children's services at Liverpool City Council in 2001. He became the director of children's services at Lincolnshire in 2005 and has led the authority from being adequate to outstanding in its Ofsted ratings.

He will take up the post at the beginning of April.

Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council and chairman of the leader's children's services taskforce, said: “We are appointing Peter to one of the most challenging and most rewarding roles in local government. It is a role which comes with high expectation from the council, and from the government, as a key priority area for Birmingham. The foundations have been laid with the new model of service and I have every confidence that Peter will do an excellent job in continuing the evolution of the service.”

Mr Duxbury said: “I was extremely pleased and honoured to be offered this post. I am looking forward to working with staff, councillors, young people and parents to build on progress made so far, and create the excellent children's services that this great city deserves.”

Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “The decision to appoint Peter was unanimous and I was particularly pleased to see such astute assessments from the panel of young people who were involved in the interview process. I very much look forward to working with Peter to continue the challenging but rewarding work of improving the lives of all children and young people in Birmingham.”

Councillor Alan Rudge, cabinet member for equalities and human resources, said: “I am delighted that the human resources service that I lead provided the intensive support to re-structure the children's directorate, support new ways of working and recruit a new senior management team.”

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