Search on for new children’s services director for Bradford Council (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Search on for new children’s services director for Bradford Council
The hunt is on to find the person who will lead one of Bradford Council’s most important departments.
Kath Tunstall is stepping down from her role as strategic director of children’s services, a department which oversees the district’s schools, as well as its work with adoption and fostering, child safeguarding and youth offending.
The authority is now on the hunt for her successor.
The post comes with a salary of between £130,181 and £136,480, and a specially-convened appointments panel will make the decison over who to hire.
The panel will be made up of three elected councillors. Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services, is expected to be one of them, and he will be joined by a colleague from his Labour group and one councillor from the opposition Conservative group.
All appointments with salaries of more than £100,000 must also be approved by full Council before they can be offered to the successful applicant.
Last month, Mrs Tunstall announced she would be stepping down by the end of the year to make way for “a fresh pair of eyes”.
She said: “I have decided the time is right for me to step down from my role and move on to pastures new.
“It hasn't been an easy decision, as this is a job that I love, but it is time for a fresh pair of eyes and a new energy to be brought to the role to take us through the next phase of whatever will come our way.”
She said the last seven years had been the most rewarding and professionally satisfying time of her career and that putting children and young people first and delivering services in the best interests of young people was “a real privilege”.
The authority is also looking for a new boss for its human resources department.
The role has been created as part of a senior management restructure, and Matt Burghardt has been acting as interim head of human resources until a permanent appointment could be made.
The job, which comes with a salary of between £89,283 and £94,488, will not go before the appointments panel.
Instead, the decision over who to hire will be delegated to the Council’s chief executive, Tony Reeves.