Manchester City Council has appointed a new Director of Children’s Services to take over from the current interim Director, Gladys Rhodes White.
Paul Marshall, who is currently Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Rochdale Borough Council, will replace White’s seat.
His appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process. Councillor Sheila Newman, who was on the appointment panel, said the panel was “unanimous in deciding that Paul was the outstanding candidate for the job. Paul will bring great confidence to the future of services to the city’s children”.
A start date is being arranged with Paul’s current employer, and there will be a well managed hand-over between him and the current interim Director of Children’s Services.
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, said: “He [Paul] brings with him a wealth of expertise and a real understanding of children’s social work in an urban environment, and joins Manchester at a crucial time for the city as we try to embed best practice and further improve the way we deliver services to children and families over the next few years”.
Speaking after the announcement, Paul said “Throughout my career I’ve been committed to working with others to achieve the very best for children and young people, and I’m determined to do everything I can to ensure this in Manchester”.
“It’s also an exciting time to be joining a city that is at the forefront of the devolution agenda, and I’m confident that working together with both the strategic management team and front-line colleagues, we will be able to make a real difference and further improve the lives and experiences of the city’s children and young people”, he concluded.