A NEW director of child and adult services at Hartlepool Borough Council has been appointed.
Gill Alexander replaces Nicola Bailey who left the authority late last year to take up a position in the NHS.
The mum of a teenage daughter is currently director for children, young people and learning for North Tyneside Council, a position she has held since 2005.
Prior to that she was director of education and cultural services at North Tyneside and has also worked as assistant divisional director for Save the Children Fund and for Kirklees Council.
Under Ms Alexander’s stewardship, North Tyneside Council’s Children’s Services were ranked among the top three performers in the country in 2007 with the quality of leadership rated as “outstanding”.
Ms Alexander said: “Having worked in the North-East for the last 17 years I am well aware of Hartlepool Council’s reputation for delivering high quality public services.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work in Hartlepool with its highly committed staff, councillors and partner organisations and to make a real difference to the lives of children and adults in the town.”
Dave Stubbs, the council’s chief executive, said: “This is a key appointment as Gill will oversee a very wide range of child and adult services and form part of the council’s corporate management team.
“Gill has considerable local government experience having worked in many senior positions and I have every confidence she will prove to be an excellent asset to the council and the town.”
The authority has two other directors – Denise Ogden is director of regeneration and neighbourhoods while Louise Wallace is director of public health.
Ms Alexander enjoys walking, running and children’s literature in her spare time.