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New Corporate Director for Children and Young People appointed

26 July 2019 in Council and democracy and Education and Mayor and Young people
Newham Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Aldridge as its new permanent Corporate Director of Children and Young People.

Tim has been Director of Children’s Services at Havering Council for three years, having initially joined as Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care a year earlier. He is a qualified social worker with more than 20 years’ experience working in social care and children’s services in London authorities.

Tim will be accountable for the delivery of safe and effective services within the children and young people’s directorate, including safeguarding of vulnerable children, young people, and their families.

He will further be accountable for a portfolio that covers children’s commissioning and social care, youth offending, looked after children, fostering and adoption, as well as education, inclusion and achievement, including learning and achievement, school improvement, special educational needs and disabled children.

Under his leadership, in 2018 Havering’s children’s services achieved a rating of Good from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), having previously been rated as Requires Improvement.

Tim’s appointment was approved by Newham’s Chief Officer Appointments Sub-committee, chaired by Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz.

Mayor Fiaz said: “I am delighted Tim is joining us in this hugely important role. His knowledge and experience of delivering improvements across education services and children’s social care, and in turning around a service in need of change, will help take forward my administration’s bold agenda that has young people at the heart of everything we do. Tim’s appointment will help us make sure they are safe and supported and that their talent and potential is realised.”

Tim said: “I am really impressed with the ambition and determination of Mayor Fiaz to improve the life chances of children and young people in Newham. I’m looking forward to starting this exciting new role and working alongside colleagues to reinvigorate children’s services, and deliver lasting improvement.”