I am writing to tell you that I will be leaving the council at the end of December. It has been a privilege to spend the last four years working together with you in Kirklees, helping to make a real difference in children and young people’s lives.
This has been the most enjoyable time of my long and varied career, and much of that is due to how much you all care so passionately about what you do.
In many ways I am sorry to leave, but I feel the time is right to move into semi-retirement and look forward to the next stage in my life, from spending more time with my young grandchildren to spending more time out at sea!
The last four years have been incredibly rewarding and we have achieved so much together.
I’m really proud of the strong and positive relationships between the local authority and our schools, colleges, early years settings and employers.
We are above national average for the proportion of children in good and outstanding schools; we have created new schools and new, high-quality facilities to deal with increasing local demand; we have strengthened links between the education sector and the skills sector; and we continue to support young entrepreneurs with projects such as the Alternative Market.
Our partnership approach has been absolutely critical to this work and it will, I’m sure, continue thriving long into the future.
Thank you for playing such a vital part in helping children and young people to be rounded, resilient and ready for the next stage in their lives.
Arrangements are currently being made to appoint an interim Assistant Director from within the service.
As the council’s senior management structure is currently being reviewed, the person who takes over my role will hold the post of interim Assistant Director until appointments are made to the new structure in April.
I can assure that it’s our priority to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.