New Board Members announced for Worcestershire Children First

Worcestershire Children First logo Published Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Worcestershire Children First have confirmed the appointment of three independent non-executive directors.

The three Non-Executive Directors, who are funded wholly by the Department for Education for the first two years, will sit on the new company board.

The board has a key role in overseeing continued improvement of the delivery of services for children and young people.

Claire Burgess has 30 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in the children’s sector. Her professional background is in social work having worked as a social worker and manager in Worcestershire for 13 years.

More recently she has worked as a social care adviser to the Department for Education and a Children’s Improvement Adviser for the Local Government Association in the South West and West Midlands regions. 

Gareth Moss is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) and former Director of Resources in local government having previously won LGC Finance Director of the Year.

He is also non-executive chairman of the John Taylor Multi Academy Trust, a mixed Trust based in Staffordshire, and advises the Regional Schools Commissioner and Academies Minister on running successful multi-academy trusts.

Sally Taylor is an education professional whose career includes positions as Director of Education and Commissioning for Birmingham City Council and Assistant Director for Children’s Services for Oxfordshire County Council.

Most recently, as a consultant, she was the interim Chief Executive of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and then Interim Assistant Director for Education for Warwickshire County Council.

Worcestershire Children First is the new wholly-owned council company that will be responsible for delivering children’s services.

The services, which include children’s social care, education, early help and fostering, are currently run by Worcestershire County Council but will transfer to Worcestershire Children First on 1 October 2019.

Rob Morrison, Chairman of Worcestershire Children First, said: “Worcestershire Children First will provide an alternative way of delivering services meaning there will be even more focus on improving services for children and young people in Worcestershire.

“Claire, Gareth and Sally bring with them a proven experience of driving improvement and achieving successful change, particularly through a board environment, to improve the safety and well-being of children and young people across Worcestershire.“

For more information about Worcestershire Children First visit www.worcschildrenfirst.org.uk