West Sussex County Council appoints new Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning

An experienced director of Children’s Services has been appointed by West Sussex County Council.

Lucy Butler

Release date: 31 January 2020

Lucy Butler, who is currently Director of Children, Education & Families at Oxfordshire County Council, will join West Sussex in May as Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning.

Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have made a permanent appointment to this vital role. Lucy is a talented and experienced director and is just the person to lead our improvement work and drive forward the important changes we need to help our Children’s Services thrive. We are not complacent and know, as a whole organisation, we have much to do to make sure we are providing an environment which helps our dedicated children’s services staff do their very best for the children of our county.”

Lucy joined Oxfordshire County Council in 2012 and became deputy director of Children’s Services before taking up the role of director in 2016. She has two children; one at university and one at secondary school.

She is passionate about leadership and helped to found Oxfordshire Women’s Leadership (OWLS); a women’s leadership group and is chair of the staff college, a leadership college for Directors of Children’s Services and aspiring directors.

She said: “I’m really excited about the new role. I see it as a great next challenge for me and one I am really looking forward to. I was inspired to come to West Sussex because I feel it is on the brink of something really exciting. I saw that when I came to visit; I felt it with the people I met. There are people there who want to make a difference and I want to work with people who want to do that.”

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